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Recent Commentary and Q&A

April 2014

The Globalization of China’s Life Sciences Industry: Flashpoints in Sino-U.S. Trade Relations

Health Q&A

Ka Zeng (University of Arkansas) provides an analysis of Chinese government actions and policies that depart from international trade norms. She suggests that the country’s policies in life science R&D and drug commercialization may be as disruptive as they have been in clean technology.

March 2014

India's Shift to a Sustainable Energy Future

Policy Q&A

Manish Bapna (World Resources Institute) examines India’s ambitious steps toward a more sustainable and secure energy future and the opportunities for U.S.-India collaboration.

March 2014

TB in 2014: Reasons for Optimism and Vigilance

Health Q&A

Despite substantial progress in preventing, diagnosing, and treating tuberculosis (TB), the disease continues to pose a grave threat to health in the Asia-Pacific and worldwide. In advance of World TB Day (March 24), NBR spoke with Dr. Mario Raviglione (World Health Organization) about recent developments in fighting this disease.

February 2014

Feeding a Billion: Agriculture and Food Security in India

Policy Q&A

Suresh Babu (International Food Policy Research Institute) examines the key challenges and opportunities facing India’s agriculture as the country seeks to meet its food security need while moving more of its workforce to the industrial and services sectors.

January 2014

China’s Off-the-Chart Air Pollution: Why It Matters (and Not Only to the Chinese) - Part Two

Health Q&A

In part two of a two-part interview, Daniel K. Gardner, (Smith College) explains how the Chinese government has responded to the country’s air pollution crisis and what challenges it will face in implementing policies and measures developed to address the problem. He also discusses the impact of China’s air pollution not only on its Asian neighbors but also on the United States.

January 2014

China’s Off-the-Chart Air Pollution: Why It Matters (and Not Only to the Chinese) - Part One

Health Q&A

In part one of a two-part interview, Daniel K. Gardner, (Smith College) discusses the seriousness of China’s air pollution, the health implications for the Chinese people, the impact on the country’s economy, and the influence of domestic environmental NGOs.

January 2014

UN Operations in Africa Provide a Mechanism for Japan’s Military Normalization Agenda

Commentary

Jeremy Taylor (SOAS, University of London) and Michael Edward Walsh (SOAS, University of London) examine Japan’s role in UN operations in Africa and assess the implications of the country’s contributions to peacekeeping missions for the normalization of the Japanese military.

December 2013

India Looks Skyward to Tackle Challenges on the Ground

Policy Q&A

Bharath Gopalaswamy (Atlantic Council) provides insight on the Indian space program's future ambitions and the potential for U.S.-India cooperation in exploring and harnessing the final frontier.

December 2013

Myanmar's 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship: A Litmus Test of Progress?

Commentary

Moe Thuzar (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) assesses Myanmar’s prospects as the 2014 chair of ASEAN. She contends that it is in the interest of both the United States and ASEAN to work to ensure that Myanmar’s chairmanship year strengthens the country’s reforms and path toward democracy.

December 2013

The Third Plenum: Prospects for Reform in China

Commentary

Christian Murck (former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China) evaluates the significance of these reforms, explains the motivations behind them, and discusses what next steps the leadership is likely to take in implementing them.

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