The Rising Powers Initiative (RPI) project components are as follows:

  • Nuclear Debates in Asia Digest

    In Spring 2013, the RPI started publishing and distributing Nuclear Debates in Asia Digest – longer policy assessments based on events and key issues related to the project’s study.

    Nuclear Debates in Asia Digest Archive:

    June 2013 - Cooperation Expands Between Iran and Asian Powers as Nuclear Talks Continue

    February 2014 Asian Powers Wrestle Over Nuclear Security in Asia

    December 2013 Asian Powers React to Iran-P5+1 Nuclear Deal

    April 2013 - China’s Nuclear Energy Technology Sales to Pakistan

  • Book

    The project’s major product will be an edited volume manuscript on the domestic nuclear debates in Asia.  Country studies will include China, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The tentative book title is: The Nuclear Debate in Asia: Balancing Risks and Rewards (2014). The book’s authors will identify the key actors and institutions driving nuclear debates in each country, place these actors and debates into a constructive analytical framework based on “schools of thought,” and test to see how these groups align on nuclear issues with expectations drawn from the different schools.

    The chapters will collect information on a number of factors, including: desirability of nuclear energy in the country’s energy mix; views on proliferation, terrorism and safety risks of pursuing nuclear power; views on adversary’s pursuit of nuclear energy and/or nuclear weapons capability; attitude toward dual-use reprocessing and enrichment technologies; views on export of nuclear technology to entrant states; acceptable levels of transparency in the country’s use of dual use technology; openness to formal and informal nuclear security, safety, and nuclear nonproliferation regimes; attitude on the country’s political imperatives for nuclear proliferation; preferred role of nuclear weapons in the country’s defense strategy; attitude on US leadership role in nonproliferation efforts; and the desirability of non-governmental groups influencing country’s nuclear policy.

  • Blog

    Regular blog posts on topics related to the project will be published on the RPI Blog.

    Click here to access Nuclear Debates in Asia blog entries.


  • Web-Based Resources

    In addition to a presence on the RPI Blog, the RPI website, and on Twitter (@westmyer), the project includes a research database that will be updated regularly to provide user-friendly access to scholarly and policy relevant articles and books on the current nuclear debates in Asia.

    Click here to access the research database. You can use the filters on the left side of the page to narrow down your research interest.


  • Policy Briefs

    RPI will publish Policy Briefs – detailed but concise policy assessments based on the findings of this project study – to inform US policymakers and media professionals of the ongoing nuclear debates.

    Policy Brief Archive:

    09/2013 – How the Pakistan Military Learned to Love the Bomb, by Christopher Clary

  • Policy Briefings and Events

    RPI will convene a number of policy and media briefings and events to educate policymakers and media professionals on the findings of this study.

    January 22, 2014

    The Rising Powers Initiative co-hosted a “Nuclear Perspectives in Asia Workshop” in Hanoi, Vietnam along with the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USH) at Vietnam National University – Hanoi. Click here to view the agenda and additional information on the trip.

    November 14, 2013

    RPI and IERES co-sponsored a conference on Central Asia and the Nuclear Landscape in Asia. Authors in the Nuclear Debates in Asia project actively participated in the event and a summary of the proceedings can be found by clicking here.


    October 2, 2013

    RPI teamed up with the National Bureau of Asian Research for the launch of their book, Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age. Authors in the Nuclear Debates in Asia project actively participated in the event and a summary of the proceedings can be found by clicking here. You can listen to the audio by clicking the following links: Event Audio Part I and Event Audio Part II.