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Maximizing Potential Benefits for the Asia-Pacific
Soaring Asian energy demand and declining North American import needs have fundamentally altered the flow of oil and gas supplies in international markets. Although Middle Eastern supplies remain the linchpin of global energy security, nearly all of the region’s oil and gas exports are now directed to Asia. In this NBR Special Report, four leading specialists examine these trends and draw implications for the Asia-Pacific.
Number 1 (2006) through current issue
Asia Policy is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to bridging the gap between academic research and policymaking on issues related to the Asia-Pacific. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research articles and policy essays, roundtables on policy-relevant topics and recent publications, and book review essays, as well as other occasional formats.
Implications for the United States, China, and the Asia-Pacific Region
The 2011 Energy Security Report, "Asia’s Rising Energy and Resource Nationalism," overviews the dramatic developments taking place in Asian energy markets and their geopolitical implications. The report includes an examination of the connection between energy insecurity and control of major sea lanes, the impact of Asia’s national oil companies on the global industry, and the emergence of rare earth elements as an arena for national competition.
China has emerged as the world’s single largest energy consumer, and surging demand has not only dramatically reshaped world energy markets but also raised complex questions for stakeholders concerned with developments in China’s domestic energy infrastructure, environmental policy, and global energy diplomacy. In this NBR Special Report, four senior energy and geopolitical specialists examine major shifts underway in China’s energy security strategies and assess how the country is affecting market, geopolitical, and environmental outlooks for the Asia-Pacific more broadly.
This NBR Monograph examines the history of terrorism in South Asia, past attempts at counterterrorism cooperation, and challenges the facing regional cooperation and draws implications for U.S. policy in the region.
The Next Generation of Political Leadership in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan
Major powers in East Asia are undergoing important political leadership transitions. In China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, a new generation is emerging, equipped with unique experiences and backgrounds. Exploring how these future leaders are likely to respond to regional trends and anticipating their policy preferences as they assume increasingly important leadership positions is critical to a well-grounded understanding of Northeast Asia in the 21st century. This report represents the culmination of a year-long initiative launched by NBR to provide U.S. government and corporate leaders with a better understanding of East Asia’s future leadership. By examining the qualities and characteristics that define these rising leaders and distinguish them from their predecessors, the initiative explores the possible implications of their emerging influence for U.S. foreign, economic, and security policy interests.
Indonesia has traditionally been a leading energy supplier in the Asia-Pacific. The country's abundant resources have played a critical role in its economic growth, while contributing to higher levels of prosperity across Asia. However, rapidly rising domestic demand, ongoing subsidies, and declining production threaten Indonesia's energy security. In this NBR Special Report, senior specialists on energy and geopolitics examine the key energy and environmental security challenges facing Indonesia and explore strategies for promoting greater access to energy while stimulating sustainable sector investment.
This NBR Monograph examines the evolution of China’s IP regime and draws implications for U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific.
Trends in Tertiary Institutions
In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, analysts and policymakers struggled to determine how South Asia had become "lost" to Islamist extremism and terrorism. A small—but vocal—group of Western-based academics suggested that the proliferation of madrasas, or Islamic schools, were at least in part to blame. The controversial debates sparked by these institutions led NBR in summer 2005 to launch a comprehensive three year survey of Islamic education in South Asia, to examine in depth the relationship between Islamic education and Islamist militancy in the region. This report represents the culmination of the third and final year of NBR’s South Asia Education Survey, which focused exclusively on trends in tertiary-level religious and secular education in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Research findings from these two countries continue to shed new light on the emerging socio-political landscape of Muslim South Asia, with critical implications for U.S. policy and security interests in the region.