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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.

December 2004

Trends in Secular Educational Development in Azerbaijan and Central Asia: Implications for Social Stability and Regional Security

Mark S. Johnson


This essay provides an overview of trends in the secular education system in the five Central Asian states plus Azerbaijan. The picture he paints is generally grim. Upon closer examination, however, the picture varies in different countries of Central Asia.

August 1999

Oil and Development in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

David I. Hoffman


Despite five regime changes since independence, Azerbaijan’s strategy of attracting foreign investors to develop the country’s oil resources has been remarkably consistent. Yet the increasingly important network of informal and kinship ties between state officials—especially the heads of the state-owed oil company—and President Heydar Aliev expose foreign investors to capricious legal, regulatory, and tax scrutiny. As a result, it is unlikely that the Azerbaijani government will be capable of converting oil revenues into republic-wide economic growth.

June 1997

Azerbaijan: U.S. Policy Options

NBR Briefing

Dr. Herbert Ellison of the University of Washington and Bruce Acker of NBR review the complex challenges and opportunities that U.S. government and business leaders face in Azerbaijan. In addition to access to energy resources, the United States has a wide range of interests in the former Soviet republic. The authors argue that Section 907 of the 1992 Freedom Support Act, which restricts U.S. government assistance to Azerbaijan, denies the United States a leadership role in the Caspian region. They contend that a policy of full engagement with Azerbaijan would best promote U.S. political, security, and economic interests in the Caucasus.


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
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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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