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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.

January 2015

Xi Jinping’s New Foreign Policy

Commentary

In light of the backlash against its recent actions in the East and South China Seas, China has indicated that it is rethinking its regional strategy. The logic driving this new foreign policy, however, remains largely unchanged.

January 2015

Afghanistan-Pakistan: Building Peace, Ensuring Stability

Commentary

The challenge for the Af-Pak region in 2015 will be to build peace and maintain fragile stability as the drawdown of international forces begins. A weak economy, ethnic divisions, and terrorist organizations waiting for international forces to leave will pose challenges for future U.S. engagement in the region.

January 2015

Cyber Insecurity

Commentary

Cyber insecurity is a major problem for the U.S. economy, national security, and foreign relations. The end of 2014 brought marginal progress on cybersecurity policy, but much more remains to be done in the 114th Congress.

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