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February 2018

The Case for U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateralism: Strengths and Limitations

Alison Szalwinski, John S. Park, Roy Kamphausen and Ryo Sahashi


This report situates the U.S.-ROK-Japan relationship in the context of the scholarly literature on trilateralism and offers concrete recommendations for strengthening trilateral cooperation in four key areas: regional security, nontraditional security, energy security, and space and cybersecurity.

February 2018

Strengthening U.S. Trade Strategy in the Asia-Pacific: The Role for the Korea-U.S. FTA


Charles Boustany Jr. and Clara Gillispie explore what is at stake in the Korea-U.S. FTA renegotiations and discuss key considerations for sustaining U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2018

China and the Strategic Imperative for the United States

Richard J. Ellings and Charles W. Boustany Jr.

Special Essay

This essay examines the implications of China’s rise and calls on the U.S. to address the domestic bases for national power and to reassume a leadership role in Asia by executing a grand strategy that is fully cognizant of political, historical, economic, and strategic realities.

January 2018

Terence Roehrig’s Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War

Zack Cooper, Terence Roehrig, Daniel Sneider and Se Young Jang

Book Review Roundtable

Review essays on Terence Roehrig’s Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War by three experts are followed by a response from the author.

January 2018

The Strategic Implications of Russia-China Relations: Regional Perspectives

Robert Sutter, Angela Stent, Hiroshi Yamazoe, Yu Bin, Alexander Lukin, Brian Franchell and Tomohiko Uyama


This roundtable offers perspectives on the implications that heightened Sino-Russian cooperation might have for the global system and regional relations, including from the key states involved (China, Russia, and the United States), as well as on what closer Sino-Russian cooperation means for neighboring countries in Central and Northeast Asia.

January 2018

Can Vietnam's Military Stand Up to China in the South China Sea?

Derek Grossman


This article examines Vietnam’s warfighting capabilities for defending its disputed claims with China in the South China Sea.

January 2018

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Five Years Later


On Thursday, January 24, Nadège Rolland testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) hearing on "China's Belt and Road Initiative: Five Years Later."

January 2018

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy: One-Year Economic Performance Review


Chen-Dong Tso and Gratiana Jung evaluate the economic performance of the New Southbound Policy during its first year while also outlining the existing structure of investment and trade between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

January 2018

The Migration of Labor between Taiwan and Southeast Asia: Changing Policies


Ji-Ping Lin discusses Taiwan’s current and past immigration policies and highlights their political, economic, social, and cultural impacts now and into the future.

January 2018

Repositioning Taiwan in Southeast Asia: Strategies to Enhance People-to-People Connectivity


Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao and Alan H. Yang discuss the ways that enhanced people-to-people connections between Taiwan and Southeast Asia continue to foster strong regional links and create opportunities for integration of ideas and values.

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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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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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in the Asia-Pacific

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
Conference Report
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Japanese Translations

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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Vietnamese Translations

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
Executive Summary Vietnamese

Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
Hooman Peimani
Executive Summary Vietnamese

Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
Letha Tawney
Executive Summary Vietnamese

Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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