The NBR Analysis offers thought-provoking essays and briefs on the most important economic, political, and strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region today.
Russia’s reemergence as a major power in the international system has prompted renewed attention to developments in the country as well as to Moscow’s foreign policy actions and goals. Because oil and natural gas resources drive much of Russia’s growing power, the Kremlin’s domestic and foreign energy policies have been of particular interest to U.S. policymakers and observers of the country. Growing global energy demand and rising energy prices provide essential context for Russia’s reemergence, simultaneously raising anxiety levels among the major consumer countries and raising confidence levels among the major producer countries. These tendencies have been especially apparent in Asia, a region that has seen sharp increases in energy consumption and is highly dependent on imported fuels. Yet, as has been the case in many other periods of rapid change, neither the anxieties nor the confidence will likely prove fully justified. Such is the unambiguous message of these two important articles by Mikhail Kroutikhin and Robert Legvold.
Introduction: Eastern Promises--Russian Energy for Asia
Paul J. Saunders
Russia's Strategic Vision and the Role of Energy
Energy Policymaking in Russia: From Putin to Medvedev
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