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Energy Security in Asia and Eurasia: Are States Choosing Nationalism or Globalism?

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Asia’s need for energy resources has sparked new debates involving energy security within rising powers in the region. Increased economic development has pushed these countries to consider new strategies for energy procurement in the 21st century. Key Asian nations have invested in renewable energy sources in an effort to diversify their energy assets as well as to fuel their expansion in the coming years. But traditional sources for energy, mainly petroleum, are still tremendously important. Some analysts fear energy conflicts could develop out of countries’ desires to lock down supplies of petroleum outside of Asia. Read the full report here.

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Policy Alert: Rising Powers Balance Domestic Politics with International Economy at Davos

PA 158World leaders, celebrities, activists, and business moguls rubbed elbows at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, under the theme “Shared Future in a Fractured World.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the opening speech of the forum, while US President Donald Trump provided the closing remarks. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Looking Back at 2017: Rising Powers Review Trump’s First Year

The release of the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS) at the end of 2017, the publication of an expose of the inner-workings of the Trump White House ahead of the anniversary of his inauguration, and startling results from a Gallup survey on global support of US leadership left columnists and policy experts abroad with plenty of food for thought as they ruminated on the US president’s performance in 2017 and how their governments should respond. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Looking Back at 2017: A Rising Power Story You May Have Missed

Map 1While China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) grabbed international headlines last year, another major infrastructure plan floated by two other key Asian countries hardly got much overseas coverage. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of India and Japan’s Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) at the African Development Bank Meeting in May 2017 represented the culmination of Indo-Japanese efforts for meaningful, bilateral action in the Indo-Pacific region. But it also symbolized an attempt to promote an attractive alternative to the BRI, with the two countries emphasizing the AACG’s commitment to development cooperation, quality infrastructure and institutional connectivity, and people-to-people partnership. Read more here.
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Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of US Power in the Pacific Century

9780399562679Richard McGregor, journalist and a former visiting scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies discusses the bilateral history of China and Japan and addresses the question of the US role in light of the changing dynamics in the region in his new book Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan and the Fate of US Power in the Pacific Century. He presented his views at a recent book launch at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Read the full Asia Report here

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Policy Alert: Mr. Trump’s Vietnam and Philippines Visits: How are a “Quasi-Ally” and an Ally Responding?

As part of RPI’s special coverage of US President Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia, we now examine the second leg of the tour in Vietnam and the Philippines, overlapping with the 2017 APEC Summit, the US-ASEAN Summit, and East Asia Summit. How is the Trump visit affecting thinking in Vietnam and the Philippines on this regional dispute and other bilateral matters? Read more here.

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Vietnam’s Strategy in the South China Sea and Its Implications for U.S. Policy

Policy brief vietnam scsAmong China’s rivals in the South China Sea, Vietnam stands out with the most intense experiences and the greatest interests. If the South China Sea did only in the last decade emerge as a major regional hotspot, it has been a main bone of contention between Vietnam and China since the mid-1970s. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Mr. Trump Goes to Asia – Rising Powers Wary or Welcoming?

TrumpUS President Donald Trump began his second tour abroad and first tour in Asia on Sunday. Between November 5th and 12th, Trump will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. In this policy alert, we assess the Rising Powers’ response to the first half of Trump’s Asia visit. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Rising Powers Anticipate and Respond to China’s Party Congress

PA 153 IconThe 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China convened on October 18th. The Congress meets only once in five years to set the guiding policies for China. While there was a good deal of anticipation by the Rising Powers, President Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power was a forgone conclusion. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Rising Powers Respond to Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Las vegasOn October 1, 2017, a shooter rained bullets from his hotel window at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort upon tens of thousands of attendees at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, NV. At least 59 people were killed and over 500 were wounded in one of the deadliest shootings in United States history. US President Donald Trump termed the attack as “an act of pure evil.” This week, we review the responses of the Rising Powers and other Asian states to this American tragedy. Read more here.

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