The NBR Analysis offers thought-provoking essays and briefs on the most important economic, political, and strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region today.
The prevalence of militant activities in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) makes the region increasingly vulnerable to the influence of al Qaeda and other transnational actors. Moreover, the insurgent presence in the FATA challenges Islamabad’s already limited authority in the region, and threatens a destabilizing spillover effect into other parts of the country. As Islamabad competes with these groups for control in the region, a multi-pronged strategy of socio-political development and economic assistance initiatives, as well as a successful counter-insurgency campaign, is needed. As the essays by Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema and Ijaz Khan show, these activities pose their own sets of challenges and opportunities for Pakistan. Robert G. Wirsing provides an introductory overview of the current situation in Pakistan and an assessment of the findings emerging from these two essays, arguing that important differences in the strategic outlooks of the United States and Pakistan bear far-reaching consequences not only for Pakistan’s regional and domestic political interests but also for U.S. policy.
Introduction: Emerging Trends and Developments in Pakistan's FATA—Implications for the United States
Robert G. Wirsing
Challenges Facing Development in Pakistan's FATA
Challenges Facing a Counter-Militant Campaign in Pakistan's FATA
Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema
The Dilemma Confronting the U.S.-Thailand Relationship
Strengthening Transatlantic Policy Coordination on Asia
Nadège Rolland and Michael Wills
The New China-Russia-U.S. Triangle
What to Do about North Korea
Sue Mi Terry
Shinzo Abe and the Reality of Japanese Democracy
U.S.-Malaysia Relations on the Security Front
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Lessons from Negotiations
Responding to China’s Assertiveness in the South China Sea
James R. Holmes
The Sea Change in Japanese Foreign Policy
Kenneth B. Pyle
Beyond Haiyan: Toward Greater U.S.-Japan Cooperation in HADR
Weston S. Konishi and Andrew L. Oros
Japan-Korea Relations: Time for U.S. Intervention?
China’s Growth Slowdown and Its Implications
Dwight H. Perkins
The ASEAN Regional Forum: Beyond the Talk Shop?
Sheldon W. Simon
Will Abenomics Restore Japanese Growth?
William W. Grimes
The State of Cooperation in the East China Sea
Whose Pacific Century? The 113th Congress and Asia
Edward Gresser and Daniel Twining
Intensifying Contradictions: Chinese Policing Enters the 21st Century
The Impending Tide of Chinese Investment in the United States
Robert A. Kapp
The Leap in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Program: The Iran Factor
John S. Park
Northeast Asia Turns Its Attention to the Arctic