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February 2015

Sri Lanka’s Election: A New Path Forward

Policy Q&A

President Maithripala Sirisena’s surprise electoral victory has led to a re-evaluation of Sri Lanka’s political environment. Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA Corporation) provides insight into the significance of Sri Lanka’s change in leadership and assesses the potential impact on the country’s relationships with major regional powers.

July 2013

Climate Change and Water Security in the Himalayan Region

Richard A. Matthew


This is one of seven essays in the roundtable "Himalayan Water Security: The Challenges for South and Southeast Asia."

July 2013

Securing the Himalayas as the Water Tower of Asia: An Environmental Perspective

Jayanta Bandyopadhyay


This is one of seven essays in the roundtable "Himalayan Water Security: The Challenges for South and Southeast Asia."

February 2012

Emerging Health Challenges for Sri Lanka in the New Millennium

Amal Jayawardane


This essay examines the most significant health security challenges that will likely emerge in Sri Lanka in the next few decades.

September 2011

India Next Door, China Over the Horizon: The View from South Asia

Teresita C. Schaffer

Edited Volumes and Chapters

For Pakistan, the rise of India is a strategic nightmare, while the rise of China is an opportunity to curb India’s advancement and reduce dependence on the United States. Afghanistan sees its ties with India and China, as well as with the U.S., as vehicles for blunting interference by its immediate neighbors, especially Pakistan. Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka generally accept India’s primacy in their region. Bangladesh and Nepal see their ties with China as a way of increasing their freedom of action against India; Sri Lanka sees both India and China as means to emphasize its independence from Western donors.

September 2010

Climate Change and Environmental Impact

Richard A. Matthew

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter focuses on the real and potential impacts of climate change in Asia.

September 2010

Military Modernization in the Asia-Pacific: Assessing New Capabilities

Richard A. Bitzinger

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter addresses recent trends in military modernization activities in the Asia-Pacific and how new capabilities will affect regional security.

July 2009

Book reviews – Asia Policy 8

Yuan-Kang Wang, Barrett L. McCormick, Ellen L. Frost, William Ratliff and A.R.M. Imtiyaz

Book Reviews

Reviews of books written by Kishore Mahbubani, Asoka Bandarage, Yong Deng, Irene S. Wu, and Riordan Roett and Guadalupe Paz, eds.

September 2008

Partnering with India: Regional Power, Global Hopes

Teresita C. Schaffer

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines India's expanded power and international role and draws implications for U.S. policy.

September 2007

Poised for Power: The Domestic Roots of India’s Slow Rise

C. Raja Mohan

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines the positive and negative impact of democracy and internal change on the prospects for India’s emergence as a great power.

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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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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
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Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China's Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
Mikkal Herberg, Edward Lincoln, and Michael Wallace
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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
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
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