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January 2017

Assessing U.S.-Asia Relations in a Time of Transition

Michael Clarke, David Shambaugh, Brian Harding, Sue Mi Terry, Richard C. Bush, Ashley J. Tellis, Teresita C. Schaffer, Kimberly Marten and Sheila A. Smith


Bilateral relationships in Asia present major opportunities and challenges for the new U.S. administration. This roundtable contains nine essays analyzing key U.S. relationships in the region—with China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and Australia—and identifying the most salient current and over-the-horizon issues in each dyad.

January 2017

The North Korean Nuclear Threat: Regional Perspectives on a Nuclear-Free Peninsula

Van Jackson, Chung-in Moon, Yasuhiro Izumikawa, Ren Xiao and Andrei Lankov


The United States and East Asian states have tried various methods to compel North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, but no successful formula has emerged. This Asia Policy roundtable contains five essays that examine the relationships between North Korea and China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States and assess the prospects for denuclearization.

November 2015

Challenges to South Korean Power in the Early 21st Century

Chung Min Lee

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter provides a comprehensive analysis of the national capabilities of the Republic of Korea (ROK), assesses the outlook for its future development, and draws implications for the region 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.

April 2012

South Korea’s Parliamentary Election: Implications for Korea and the United States

Shin Beom-shik, Yong-Chool Ha and Lee Wang-hwi

Policy Q&A

South Korea’s National Assembly elections, held two weeks ago, were an opportunity for both the ruling conservative Saenuri Party and the liberal opposition Democratic United Party to gain the upper hand before December’s presidential election. NBR interviewed a trio of Korean political scholars to get their take on the election results, the implications for Korea’s December presidential election, and what the mood of the Korean electorate can tell us about Korea-U.S. relations and how future Korean governments might handle foreign policy issues such as North Korea, free trade, and sharing the military burden.

April 2012

Economic and Societal Impacts on North Korea and Its Regime

Clark Sorensen

Policy Q&A

NBR interviewed Professor Clark Sorensen, Chair of the Korea Studies department at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, to shed light on North Korea’s economic situation, its regime’s decision-making process, and the ideology that drives social and political behavior.

April 2012

After the Summit: Investing in Nuclear Materials Security

Christopher P. Twomey

NBR Analysis Brief

In this NBR Analysis Brief, Christopher P. Twomey (Naval Postgraduate School) assesses the accomplishments and limitations of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit and discusses what the United States and other countries should do to achieve the targets set for the 2014 summit.

February 2012

Coping with Change on the Korean Peninsula: The Beginning of the End of the Status Quo

Chung Min Lee

Policy Q&A

NBR spoke with Chung Min Lee, Strategic Asia contributing author and Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies and the Underwood International College at Yonsei University, to assess the North Korean leadership transition and its implications for regional security and diplomacy.

January 2012

Korean Political Engagement and U.S.-Korea Relations

Katherine H.S. Moon, Taeku Lee and Yoonhee Kang


The first two essays in the roundtable paint a clear picture of the emerging political influence of the Korean-American community. The authors examine the community’s demographic make-up and connections with South Koreans in order to better understand Korean Americans’ general perspectives, in which policy areas they are politically effective, and the political role and influence Korean Americans might develop in the future. The third essay closely traces the development of Korean civil society since democratization in 1987 and examines the role that civil society actors (including NGOs, students, activists, Internet-based communities, and think tanks) play in domestic Korean politics as well as in U.S.-ROK relations.

January 2012

The Impacts of North Korea’s Leadership Transition

Yong-Chool Ha

Policy Q&A

As North Korea begins to determine its future direction following the the December 17 death of Kim Jong-il, NBR spoke with Yong-Chool Ha, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Social Science at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.

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