Recent Commentary and Q&A
U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in the Pacific Century
Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) discusses some of the main research findings from NBR’s forthcoming volume, Strategic Asia 2014-2015: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power
Building Strategic Trust in the U.S.-China Relationship
Paul Haenle (Carnegie-Tsinghua) discusses the role of strategic trust in the U.S.-China relationship in light of the upcoming meeting between President Obama and President Xi on the sidelines of the APEC meeting in Beijing. He emphasizes the importance of presidential bilateral meetings to the U.S.-China relationship and offers suggestions for how the two presidents can overcome the challenges to building strategic trust.
China-India Nuclear Relations
Vipin Narang (MIT) examines bilateral nuclear dynamics between China and India as well as Pakistan’s role in the relationship. He maintains that the United States should encourage Sino-Indian stability by remaining largely in the background.
Modi’s Visit to the United States: A Turning Point for the U.S.-India Relationship?
Ambassador Thomas Pickering examines the strategic context of Modi’s visit, how both sides will seek to approach their objectives for the visit, and opportunities for moving forward. He argues that while the United States and India have disagreed on fundamental issues over the years, there is great potential for closer cooperation in the future.
New Security Priorities for a New Decade
Senator Slade Gorton, NBR Counselor and former 9/11 Commission member, assesses the evolving national security landscape ten years after the release of the influential 9/11 Commission Report and highlights emerging security threats that policymakers need to address.
Looking East Amid a Crisis to the West: Russia’s Energy Export Strategies
Tatiana Mitrova (Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences) offers insights on the promise for Russian exports to Asian markets, recent developments in Russia’s relations with Asian energy consumers, and the effects of Western sanctions on the country’s energy export prospects.
India in a South Asian Context: Modi's Engagement with India's Neighbors
Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA Corporation) provides insights on the significance of Modi’s outreach to other South Asian leaders, discusses key issues for the new government in this engagement, and explains how India’s regional efforts are viewed by other countries in Asia, particularly China.
The Value of Product Development Partnerships
A product development partnership (PDP) is a 21st-century nonprofit organizational structure that enables the public, private, academic, and philanthropic sectors to aggregate funding for the development of drugs, vaccines, and other health tools as public goods. Rob Lin, Vice President of Finance at the Infectious Diseases Research Institute (IDRI), about the value of the PDP model to global health R&D, criticisms of the model, and its significance for the U.S.-Asia relationship.
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The Outlook for a Chinese Pivot to Gas
Chen Weidong (Chief Energy Researcher at the CNOOC Energy Economics Institute) offers insights on China’s ambitious targets for increasing gas consumption and reducing coal’s role in its energy mix, how energy pricing plays a key role, and the impact of environmental concerns on Chinese energy policy.