Publication Year: 2003
Published by: National Bureau of Asian Research
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Reconciling Burma/Myanmar:Essays on U.S. Relations with Burma
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An intellectual “tectonic shift” is underway, making a precarious policy even harder tojustify. This rather unusual issue of the NBR Analysis does not stem from an NBR-sponsoredproject or study. Instead, it emerged as an initiative from an extraordinary assemblage ofBurma scholars, all of whom regard last year’s announcement of a “road map” for constitu-tional change, the ongoing progress toward cease-fires with ethnic insurgents, and the worsen-...
The Russian Federation at the Dawn of theTwenty-first Century: Trapped in aDemographic Straitjacket
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Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt offers us a stark and chilling look at a society standing on thebrink of a demographic crisis. The Russian Federation today faces the unprecedented dualchallenge of simultaneously reversing the plummeting birth rates and skyrocketing mortalityrates of the 1990s. What makes Russia’s demographic prognosis all the more dire is the sharpand proximate contrast to its Asian neighbors, which face the reverberations of a “health”...
Muslims, Politics, and Violence in Indonesia:An Emerging Jihadist-Islamist Nexus?
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Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation and third largest democracy, is alsothe world’s largest Muslim country and a pivotal state in Southeast Asia. Given its size andimportance, including its strategic location, Indonesia is critical to stability in Southeast Asia. Ithas been the anchor of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and a keyplayer in the ASEAN Regional Forum, the only organization in the Asia-Pacific region that...
Assessing America’s War on Terror:Confronting Insurgency, Cementing Primacy
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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, defined the presidency of George W.Bush, who responded by projecting U.S. military power on a global scale. In the monthsfollowing the attacks, the administration forcefully evicted the Taliban regime and its Al Qaedasponsors from Afghanistan, while expanding basing rights and military cooperation, for the firsttime, in Central and South Asia. After unsuccessfully seeking United Nations endorsement, it...
Infrastructure Challenges inCentral Asia and Azerbaijan
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In the wake of the events of September 11 and the war against the Taliban regime inAfghanistan, U.S. interest in the Central Asian region has reached a historic high point. In a fewyears, a region that was once lumped together by policymakers and analysts alike under therather derisive rubric of “the Stans”—that is, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,and Turkmenistan—has emerged as crucial to the future security of Eurasia. U.S. military...
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Publication Year: 2003