The NBR Analysis offers thought-provoking essays and briefs on the most important economic, political, and strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region today.
Since becoming president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin has sought simultaneously to reverse the devolution of political power that occurred during the Yeltsin era and to push liberal economic reform. If Putin is to reestablish Russia’s economic viability, a litany of challenges must be overcome, including economic and political transparency, development of small- and medium-sized business, the nurturing of rule of law and political pluralism, and a redefinition of Russia’s international role as a junior partner to the West. Importantly, the reforms Putin intends to implement will require considerable commitment from the political elite and oligarchs, the very interests that benefit from the inefficiencies of the economy. At the same time, Putin himself may have contributed to some of these obstacles to reform through his own policies of granting concessions in order to garner political support. Does Putin have the political will and power to implement the extraordinary reforms still required? The studies presented in this issue of the NBR Analysis addresses these questions.
Normalization of the Russian Economy: Obstacles and Opportunities for Reform and Sustainable Growth
James R. Millar
The Political Dimension of Economic Reform under Vladimir Putin: Obstacles, Pitfalls, and Opportunities
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