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Recent Commentary and Q&A

April 2015

India's 2015-16 Budget: Targeted Reforms to Promote Investment

Policy Q&A

Pravakar Sahoo of Delhi University explores what the 2015–16 budget means for India, foreign investors, and India-U.S. defense cooperation.

April 2015

Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry as a Strategic Focus for South Korea

Health Q&A

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has endorsed healthcare as a strategic industry for South Korea. Joo Hun You (South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare) discusses the relationship between the country’s domestic health industry and healthcare system and implications of this endorsement for the U.S.–South Korea strategic relationship.

March 2015

The 7th Trilateral Ministers' Meeting

Commentary

Julia Oh, Atlas Corps Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, analyzes the outcomes and the implications of the 7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held on March 21st in Seoul.

March 2015

Indian Politics and the U.S.-India Strategic Relationship

Policy Q&A

Former ambassador Tim Roemer explores the significance of recent Indian political developments, both domestically and for India’s complex and dynamic relationship with the United States and how U.S. policymakers can work to further strengthen economic reforms and continue to build what he characterizes as one of the United States’ most important strategic relationships. .

March 2015

Cyber Cooperation in Northeast Asia

Policy Q&A

James Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of the Strategic Technologies Program, examines the current status of cyber cooperation in Northeast Asia and assesses the political and security implications for U.S. foreign policy.

March 2015

India, Pakistan, and the Same Old Problems

Policy Q&A

Aryaman Bhatnagar of the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi) explores the impacts of domestic politics, the Pakistani military establishment, and cross-border terrorism on the India-Pakistan relationship.

February 2015

China’s New Silk Road

Commentary

Launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, China’s initiative to build a Silk Road economic belt signals a new era of integration between China and its Central Asian neighbors in support of Beijing’s growing regional influence. In this NBR Commentary, Nadège Rolland, Senior Project Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, examines the economic and strategic prospects for the initiative.

February 2015

Sri Lanka’s Election: A New Path Forward

Policy Q&A

President Maithripala Sirisena’s surprise electoral victory has led to a re-evaluation of Sri Lanka’s political environment. Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA Corporation) provides insight into the significance of Sri Lanka’s change in leadership and assesses the potential impact on the country’s relationships with major regional powers.

February 2015

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Mediating Historic Distrust

Policy Q&A

Gum San Nsang, president of Kachin Alliance, discusses the current status of negotiations and explains what ethnics groups hope to achieve through the process. He argues that both the Myanmar government and military must commit to substantial institutional and political reforms in order to generate credibility for the difficult peace negotiations. He also makes the case for why a diverse group of international observers should be allowed to witness the ceasefire talks.

January 2015

President Obama’s Visit to India: Beyond Symbolism

Policy Q&A

Alyssa Ayres (Council on Foreign Relations) offers insights on the major issues under discussion during President Obama's visit to India, explains what the introduction of new key personnel in the Obama administration means for the relationship, and considers how the two partners may proceed as the security environment rapidly evolves in South Asia.

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