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February 2018

How the United States Influences Russia-China Relations


Robert Sutter (George Washington University) identifies both the "drivers" of the Sino-Russian partnership and the "brakes" on a closer relationship and considers the consequences of Sino-Russian Cooperation for the United States.

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.

November 2017

Putin and Russia’s Strategic Priorities

Mark N. Katz

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter discusses Russia’s military strategy under Vladimir Putin, its connection to Russian material capabilities and strategic culture, and Putin’s reasons for prioritizing the U.S. and the West as the greatest external threat that Moscow faces.

July 2017

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Views from along the Silk Road

Michael Clarke, Meena Singh Roy, Ritika Passi, Sebastien Peyrouse, Jessica Keough, Nargis Kassenova, Harsh V. Pant, Hong Yu and Andrew Small


In this Asia Policy roundtable, experts examine how Asian states that are affected by China’s Belt and Road Initiative view this strategy and its potential implications.

July 2017

Regional Perspectives on America’s Evolving Asia Policy

Noboru Yamaguchi, Ming Lee, Dmitri Trenin, Rajesh Rajagopalan, Jessica Keough, Xie Tao, Kang Choi, Michael Wesley, Moeed Yusuf and Joseph Chinyong Liow


This Asia Policy roundtable offers perspectives on U.S.-Asia relations from leading scholars and policy practitioners in select Asia-Pacific states.

July 2017

Chinese Perspectives on the Sino-Russian Relationship

Evan S. Medeiros and Michael S. Chase


This essay explores Chinese perspectives on the Sino-Russian relationship and considers the implications for U.S. policy.

July 2017

Russia’s China Policy: This Bear Hug Is Real

Eugene Rumer


This essay considers Russian-Chinese relations from the perspective of Russia, challenges some of the widely held assumptions about Russian foreign policy and its goals, examines the key drivers of Russian policy toward China, and concludes with implications for U.S. interests.

July 2017

Sino-Russian Relations in a Global Context: Implications for the United States

J. Stapleton Roy


This essay analyzes the newfound closeness and potential trajectory of Russia-China relations in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Northeast Asia and assesses the implications for U.S. interests and policies.

July 2017

Sino-Russian Security Ties

Richard Weitz


This essay analyzes the recent increase in Sino-Russian security ties by looking at a range of indicators, including arms sales, joint military exercises, and treaties, and discusses the impact on the U.S. and its allies.

June 2017

Russia’s "Pivot to Asia": The Multilateral Dimension


Stephen Blank explores the opportunities and challenges that Russia has faced in its economic pivot to Asia and examines the potential roadblocks to its future integration with the region with special regard to multilateral Asian institutions.

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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
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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