Recent Commentary and Q&A
The Coronation Congress: Xi Jinping Forms His Government
William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) argues that while abolishing presidential and vice-presidential term limits may have been the most controversial of the two dozen constitutional amendments voted by China's National People's Congress, the changes to China’s government structure were profound and could have long-lasting effects.
TPP Minus One: The Urgent Need for U.S. Leadership
Eleven countries met to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership in early March. Former Congressman Charles Boustany Jr. (NBR Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy) argues that the United States' withdrawal from the agreement has put U.S. leadership in question.
The Outlook for Asia's LNG Markets
Leslie Palti-Guzman (Rapidan Energy Group) analyzes the prospects for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia and discusses challenges to constructing the infrastructure needed to support growing demand throughout the region.
Next Steps toward Allied Energy Security
Jeremy Maxie (Strategika Group Asia Pacific) and Tatsuo Masuda (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; FairCourt Capital) highlight important initiatives of economic statecraft among the United States, Japan, and South Korea that have the potential to reshape energy security and geoeconomics in the Indo-Pacific region. They explain key energy security trends in the region and discuss several challenges to realizing the full potential of such cooperation.
Strategies, Challenges, and Considerations for Economic Growth in South Korea
June Park (Seoul National University) discusses the strategies deployed by recent South Korean administrations to meet domestic targets for economic growth and innovation. She comments on the complex relationship of the chaebol system and small and medium-sized enterprises in the South Korean economy, among other issues.
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Intersecting Political, Ethnic, and Religious Realities in Myanmar
The response of the Myanmar government to a variety of domestic issues and the increasing violence in Rakhine State has drawn sharp criticism from the international community. Matthew J. Walton (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) explains the complexity of the intersecting political, ethnic, and religious realities in the country.