Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future
Matthew Kroenig (Georgetown University) comments on the key issues examined in the NBR Special Report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future" and explains the practical implications of a multipolar nuclear order.
India's Accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
In this Q&A, NBR speaks with former Indian ambassador Phunchok Stobdan, a senior fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, to better understand what SCO enlargement means for India.
India, Pakistan, and the Same Old Problems
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.
Afghanistan-Pakistan: Building Peace, Ensuring Stability
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.
Pakistan’s Energy Crisis
An acute ongoing energy crisis poses serious threats to Pakistan’s feeble economy and national security environment. Michael Kugelman (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) examines the origins of the country’s energy problems, prevailing hurdles to reform, and potential impact of the upcoming general elections.
The Revenge of Geography and the Asia-Pacific
In his new book, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Robert Kaplan (Stratfor Global Intelligence) contends current global conflicts, including wars, political instability, and clashes over religion, can be better understood and even forecasted through close examination of the maps that chart our world. In this Q&A, NBR’s Abraham Denmark asks Kaplan how this theory relates to the Asia-Pacific, and what challenges geography will play for the United States’ policy toward the region.
The Next Ten Years of Post-9/11 Security Efforts
Ahead of the 9/11 Conference that NBR’s Slade Gorton International Policy Center will host on September 9, Sen. Gorton reviewed the last decade of security policy and previewed the challenges to come.
After bin Laden, Still No Choice for U.S. with Pakistan
The U.S.-Pakistan relationship has received renewed attention in both countries after U.S. Navy Seals raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing Osama bin Laden. C. Christine Fair, a National Asia Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, tells NBR that the increased attention does not necessarily mean that the fundamentals of the relationship have changed. She argues that the relationship leaves few options for the United States, which needs Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan.