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January 2014

Securing Indian Interests in Afghanistan Beyond 2014

C. Christine Fair


This is one of nine essays in the roundtable "Afghanistan Beyond 2014: The Search for Security in the Heart of Asia."

January 2014

Putin’s Predicament: Russia and Afghanistan after 2014

Mark N. Katz


This is one of nine essays in the roundtable "Afghanistan Beyond 2014: The Search for Security in the Heart of Asia."

January 2014

The United States and Afghanistan: A Diminishing Transactional Relationship

Michael Keating and Xenia Dormandy


This is one of nine essays in the roundtable "Afghanistan Beyond 2014: The Search for Security in the Heart of Asia."

July 2013

Central Asia as a Case Study for a Multipolar World

Marlene Laruelle

Book Review Roundtable

This is one of eight essays in the book review roundtable on Alexander Cooley’s Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia.

July 2013

Alexander Cooley’s Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia

Marlene Laruelle, James Sherr, S. Enders Wimbush, Erica Marat, Mamuka Tsereteli, Andrew C. Kuchins, Alexander Cooley and Kathryn Stoner

Book Review Roundtable

In this book review roundtable, five experts discuss Alexander Cooley’s Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia followed by a response essay from the author. Download the full text PDF or read the individual essays online.

April 2013

The Influence of China and Russia in Central Asia

Stephen J. Blank

Policy Q&A

With U.S. and NATO troops preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, the influence in Central Asia of other international actors will become increasingly important for regional stability and security. NBR talked with Stephen Blank (Strategic Studies Institute) about what China’s and Russia’s roles are in Central Asia, how their rivalry and strategies have changed over the past decade, and how a diminished U.S. presence will affect this critical region.

September 2012

Asia’s New Role in Global Energy Security

John V. Mitchell


This essay examines key changes in global trade and investment in oil within an energy security context and outlines implications for the security of global supplies and the U.S.

September 2012

The Revenge of Geography and the Asia-Pacific

Robert Kaplan

Policy Q&A

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.

July 2012

Domestic Institutional Challenges Facing China’s Leadership on the Eve of the 18th Party Congress

Andrew Mertha

Special Essay

China’s institutional weaknesses, often misperceived as strengths, provide the principal challenges to the new, fifth-generation leadership and its ability to execute its policy preferences and meet the growing complexity of state and societal expectations.

December 2011

The 9/11 Conference: Security Solutions for the Next Ten Years

Conference, Project, and Program Publications

On September 9, 2011, the Slade Gorton International Policy Center at NBR held "The 9/11 Conference: Security Solutions for the Next Ten Years” just days before the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The 9/11 Conference report reviews the major themes and topics of the conference and the policy solutions that were discussed at the day long event.

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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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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The latest volume in the Strategic Asia series examines how the region's major powers are building their national power as geopolitical competition intensifies. In each chapter, a leading expert analyzes a country’s economic, technological, human, and natural resources and assesses how well its political system translates those capabilities into military and diplomatic power.

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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
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Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Thomas B. Fargo, Noboru Yamaguchi, Ryo Sahashi, Kei Koga and Alison Szalwinski
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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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