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September 2010

The Rise of Energy and Resource Nationalism in Asia

Mikkal E. Herberg

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter analyzes Asia’s energy and resource security challenges, how they are contributing to the region’s geopolitical tensions, and the implications for U.S. policies toward energy security and Asia.

September 2007

Finding Balance: The Foreign Policies of Central Asia's States

Svante E. Cornell

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter studies the evolution of the foreign policies of Central Asia’s states, focusing on Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

September 2006

Trade, Energy, and Security in the Central Asian Arena

Dina R. Spechler and Martin C. Spechler

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines whether the economic structures, socio-political conditions, resources, and trade patterns of Central Asia are likely to generate significant regional or international conflict in the coming decade.

September 2005

Central Asia: Military Modernization and the Great Game

Kimberly Marten

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines military modernization in post-Soviet Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and Afghanistan.

September 2004

Central Asia: State Building in the Face of Insurgent Islam

Gregory M. Gleason

Edited Volumes and Chapters

The moderate Muslim states of Central Asia have a critical role to play in the war on terrorism. Notwithstanding their importance, the establishment of U.S. bases, expanded U.S. aid programs, and the conduct of Operation Enduring Freedom has not been sensitive to these countries’ political agendas.

August 1999

Energy Wealth, Development, and Stability in Turkmenistan

Nancy Lubin


This NBR Analysis contains case studies of energy development and the sources of potential conflict in the three primary energy-producing states of Central Asia and the Caucasus—Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.


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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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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