Recent Commentary and Q&A
The 2013 U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue
Richard Rossow (McLarty Associates) examines the priority issues and expectations on both sides leading into the discussions and provides insight on how India’s evolving economic and political environment may shape future bilateral relations.
The Obama-Xi Summit: A New Era in Bilateral Relations?
Oriana Skylar Mastro (Georgetown University) observes that while the summit provides an opportunity to create positive momentum in some areas, other issues critical to U.S. national security remain rooted in fundamentally divergent interests. Mastro argues that as long as these issues are not tackled directly, tension will continue to characterize the bilateral relationship
Madame Park Goes to Washington
This week South Korea’s new president Park Geun-hye makes her first trip to the United States since assuming office in February. As tensions on the Korean peninsula continue to simmer, John S. Park (NBR) discusses several of the issues Madame Park and President Obama are likely to address during her visit.
Taiwan's Leadership Changes
Looking at leadership changes in Taiwan, including a September 2012 cabinet reshuffle that replaced important several memebers of the national security team, Edward I-Hsin Chen (Tamkang University) examines President Ma Ying-jeou's cross-strait policies and draws implications for U.S.-Taiwan relations.
The Influence of China and Russia in Central Asia
With U.S. and NATO troops preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, the influence in Central Asia of other international actors will become increasingly important for regional stability and security. NBR talked with Stephen Blank (Strategic Studies Institute) about what China’s and Russia’s roles are in Central Asia, how their rivalry and strategies have changed over the past decade, and how a diminished U.S. presence will affect this critical region.
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Coal in Asia and the Impact of the Shale Gas Revolution
In advance of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit in Vancouver, Mark Thurber (Stanford University) discussed his research regarding the future of coal use in Asia given the development of North American unconventional gas production.