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August 2015

Shinzo Abe and the Reality of Japanese Democracy

Daniel Sneider

NBR Analysis Brief

In this NBR Analysis Brief, Daniel Sneider (Stanford University) examines Shinzo Abe’s recent attempts to revise Japan’s defense guidelines. He considers how these attempts may affect the Japanese domestic political landscape and the implications that Abe’s actions may have for key issues in the U.S.-Japan alliance, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. military interests in Okinawa.

August 2015

The 2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Review

Policy Q&A

In June 2015, the United States and China convened the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. In this Q&A, Malcolm R. Lee of the Brookings Institution analyzes the main outcomes of the dialogue in light of China’s stock market instability, serious market access concerns, major cyberattacks, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

August 2015

How to Watch Myanmar's 2015 Elections

Commentary

Myanmar’s upcoming election in November 2015 will be a bellwether for the government’s willingness to incorporate its entire population into a more meaningful political system. In this NBR commentary, Rachel Wagley analyzes the electoral process, constitutional barriers to democratic governance, and ethnic disenfranchisement.

August 2015

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Conference, Project, and Program Publications

China's plan to invest $46 billion dollars in Pakistan to strengthen the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, announced in April 2015, is remarkable for its size and scope. Louis Ritzinger analyzes the geopolitical factors underpinning Beijing's decision to invest so heavily in its troubled neighbor.

July 2015

Pakistan’s Energy Insecurity: Anatomy of a Crisis and How to Move Forward

Policy Q&A

In this new Q&A, Michael Kugelman (Wilson Center) unpacks the complexities of Pakistan’s energy problems, highlighting how shortcomings in the country’s system have led to political protests and riots and offering recommendations for public policy. Read the interview.

July 2015

Nicholas R. Lardy's Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China

Kellee S. Tsai, Michael Pettis, Yukon Huang, Joseph Fewsmith, Charles W. Freeman III and Nicholas R. Lardy

Book Review Roundtable

In this book review roundtable, five experts discuss Nicholas R. Lardy's "Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China," followed by a response essay from the author.

July 2015

Internal Migration in North Korea: Preparation for Governmental Disruption

Sandra Fahy

Articles

This article proposes that preparation for internal migration in North Korea, in the case of governmental disruption, will ameliorate humanitarian concerns inside the country while also providing disincentives for outward migration into neighboring countries.

July 2015

From Strategic Partnership to Strategic Alliance? Australia-Japan Security Ties and the Asia-Pacific

Thomas S. Wilkins

Articles

This article addresses the developing security relationship between Australia and Japan and assesses implications for the U.S. and the region.

July 2015

The Contradictions of China's Political Economy

Charles W. Freeman III

Book Review Roundtable

This is one of six essays in the book review roundtable on Nicholas R. Lardy's Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China.

July 2015

The Future of "Rule According to Law" in China

Carl Minzner, Donald Clarke, Ling Li, Jacques deLisle, Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard and Stanley Lubman

Roundtables

This Asia Policy roundtable contains six essays that discuss the Fourth Plenum’s focus on legal reform and its effects on the relationship between the CCP and the judicial system.

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Course Reader: Energy Security and the Asia-Pacific



This special collection of essays from leading experts, selected from previous NBR publications, provides students with a strong foundation for understanding the trends and challenges shaping the energy security outlook for the Asia-Pacific and the world.

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STRATEGIC ASIA 2014-15

U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power

Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power examines the trajectories of U.S. alliance and partner relationships in the Indo-Pacific in light of the region’s shifting strategic landscape.


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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China's Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy
Scott Kennedy, Richard P. Suttmeier and Jun Su
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Standards of Power? Technology, Institutions, and Politics in the Development of China's National Standards Strategy
Richard P. Suttmeier, Xiangkui Yao and Alex Zixiang Tan
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China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Regional Economic Implications of DPRK Security Behavior: The “Bold Switchover” Conference
Conference Report
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
Mikkal Herberg, Edward Lincoln, and Michael Wallace
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Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses
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Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
Mikkal E. Herberg
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Electricity at the Right Price
Donald Hertzmark
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First Principles: Technology as an Enabler for Productive Power Markets
Peter Hughes, Scott Hare, and Maite Pina
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
Nguyen Anh Tuan
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
Hooman Peimani
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
Letha Tawney
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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