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Policy Q&A

July 2014

The Outlook for a Chinese Pivot to Gas

Policy Q&A

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.

July 2014

Indonesia’s Economic Outlook Post 2014 Elections

Policy Q&A

Gunawan Wicaksono (Harvard University) shares his thoughts on what the incoming president could do to turn the tides and jump-start more robust economic growth for Indonesia.

July 2014

India's 2014 Budget: Enduring Challenges and New Responses

Policy Q&A

Pravakar Sahoo from India's Institute of Economic Growth, currently Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the University of Antwerp, elaborates on the policies presented in India's 2014 budget and the reforms the Modi government is seeking to implement in the current fiscal year.

July 2014

The U.S.-India Defense Relationship: Strengthening Ties and Overcoming Challenges

Policy Q&A

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, foreign editor of the Hindustan Times, outlines options for strengthening the U.S.-India defense relationship, including reforms the new Modi government should implement, and explains how enhanced defense ties with the United States align with India’s foreign policy goals.

July 2014

Indonesia’s Upcoming Presidential Elections and Lessons from Democratization

Policy Q&A

NBR spoke with Karl Jackson, Director of the Southeast Asia Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, to assess the impact of religion and the civil-military relationship on Indonesian democracy, the upcoming elections, and Indonesia’s future role in international relations.

June 2014

Sunflower Movement Questions Future Direction of Cross-Strait Relations

Policy Q&A

Following the signing of the controversial Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement, John W. Garver (Georgia Institute of Technology) discusses the immediate challenges facing cross-strait relations and assesses whether a more harmonious or confrontational relationship between the two countries is on the horizon.

May 2014

Revitalizing India’s Economic Growth

Policy Q&A

Ajay Shriram (Confederation of Indian Industry) discusses how India’s newly elected government can help revitalize the country’s economy. He argues that the key to boosting India’s economic growth is to implement policies that create more jobs for India’s growing youth population.

May 2014

Status and Outlook of Indonesia’s Judiciary Reforms

Policy Q&A

Todung Mulya Lubis (Harvard University) discusses the progress of judicial reforms in Indonesia, the perception of the judiciary domestically and internationally, and the positions of the leading presidential candidates on judicial reforms ahead of the 2014 elections.

April 2014

Building Social License: Harnessing the Environmental Impact Assessment for Social Capital

Policy Q&A

Brian Yates (SNC-Lavalin) examines the role of environmental impact assessments in acquiring social license. He addresses how they have evolved, how they can advance or derail efforts to gain social license, and how they function within Canada’s regulatory environment and the impact on Asian investment.

April 2014

India in the United States: Economic Engagement in the 21st Century

Policy Q&A

The impact on the U.S. economy of the investments and operations of Indian firms has been growing. Vinod Jain (India-U.S. World Affairs Institute) assesses the current status of Indian economic engagement in the United States, the contributions of the Indian-American and Indian diaspora communities to the U.S. economy, and prospects for future growth.

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