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37 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
China’s Shift to Gray-Zone Operations: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance
NBR research director Alison Szalwinski interviews Admiral Jonathan Greenert, who holds the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies at NBR. Admiral Greenert discusses the recent report "Murky Waters in the East China Sea: Chinese Gray-Zone Operations and U.S.-Japan Alliance Cooperation," which examines key obstacles for the U.S.-Japan alliance in responding to Chinese gray-zone operations.
20 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
North Korea in the New Normal: Implications for Regional Security
In this episode of Asia Insight, Alison Szalwinski speaks with Stephanie Char about her essay in NBR’s Emerging Voices on the New Normal in Asia series, “North Korea’s Covid-19 Choice: Greater Diplomatic and Economic Isolation.”
24 minutes | May 21, 2021
Chinese and Indian Vaccine Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific
In this episode of Asia Insight, Alison Szalwinski speaks with Shiming Yang about her essay in NBR’s Emerging Voices on the New Normal in Asia series, "Rising-Power Competition: The Covid-19 Vaccine Diplomacy of China and India.”
29 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Power Rivalry in South Asia amid the Pandemic
In this episode of Asia Insight, Karolos Karnikis speaks with Bhagya Senaratne about her essay in NBR’s Emerging Voices on the New Normal in Asia series, “The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Power Rivalry in South Asia.”
28 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Pandemic Persuasions: Public Opinion and U.S.-China Relations
In this episode of Asia Insight, Karolos Karnikis speaks with Naima Green-Riley about her essay in NBR’s Emerging Voices on the New Normal in Asia series, “Pandemic Persuasions? American Public Opinion and U.S.-China Relations.” The episode examines trends in U.S. perceptions of China and discusses the implications for the U.S.-China relationship.
50 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
A Principal Return: The United States and Trade in the Indo-Pacific
In this episode of Asia Insight, Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr. leads a discussion on Indo-Pacific trade with Vice President of the Asia Society Policy Institute Wendy Cutler and former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman. They examine the Biden administration’s trade priorities, developments in digital trade agreements, and more, while seeking to answer questions about the United States’ role in the region in the wake of major multilateral trade agreements that are reshaping the rules of trade without U.S. participation.
43 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Sovereignty and the Seas: Maritime Disputes in East Asia
In this episode of Asia Insight, M. Taylor Fravel, principal investigator of the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP), discusses key maritime issues in East Asia related to the South China Sea, the East China Sea, Taiwan, and the U.S. role in the region. He is joined by two other members of NBR’s MAP team, Karolos Karnikis and John S. Van Oudenaren.
39 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Exploring China's Push for a New World Order
In this episode of Asia Insight, Rachel Bernstein interviews NBR senior fellow Nadège Rolland and other contributors to the NBR Special Report “An Emerging China-Centric Order: China's Vision for a New World Order in Practice” about the types of mechanisms, institutions, norms, and rules China wants to see established in new international systems.
50 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
A Renewable Alliance: The Future of U.S.-Japan Energy Cooperation
In this episode of Asia Insight, Dan Aum interviews senior advisor and research director of NBR’s Energy Security Program Mikkal Herberg. They explore various issues related to the energy relationship between the United States and Japan, including how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected global energy markets, what U.S. and Japanese policymakers have done separately and together to improve energy security, and the barriers to further developing energy infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific.
67 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Diplomacy in Decline: How India Is Navigating China's Rise
In this episode of NBR’s Asia Insight, NBR nonresident fellow Arzan Tarapore interviews Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai from the Takshashila Institution to discuss their report “An Indian Approach to Navigate China’s Rise.”
40 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Promoting Good Governance in the Global Commons through the U.S.-Japan Alliance
In this episode of Asia Insight, NBR's senior director of public affairs Dan Aum interviews Dr. Kristi Govella to discuss the opportunities and challenges for U.S.-Japan cooperation in the global commons.
51 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Japan's Balancing Act: Alliance Dynamics amid U.S.-China Competition
In this episode of Asia Insight, NBR's senior director of public affairs Dan Aum interviews Sheila Smith to discuss her chapter "Japan's Interests in an Era of U.S.-China Strategic Competition" from the new Strategic Asia volume.
43 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
U.S.-China Competition for Global Influence
In this episode of Asia Insight, NBR’s senior director for public affairs Dan Aum discusses the new volume in the Strategic Asia series, Strategic Asia 2020: U.S.-China Competition for Global Influence, with editors Ashley J. Tellis and Michael Wills.
53 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
Securing the Belt and Road Initiative
In this episode of NBR's Asia Insight, NBR and the Daniel Morgan Graduate School host a discussion accompanying the release of NBR's special report, Securing the Belt and Road Initiative: China's Evolving Military Engagement along the Silk Roads. NBR's Alison Szalwinski moderates this discussion with Mathieu Duchatel, Kristen Gunness, and Nadege Rolland.
69 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
U.S.-China Strategic Competition
In this episode of NBR’s Asia Insight podcast series, Richard J. Ellings and Aaron L. Friedberg assess the state of the U.S.-China strategic rivalry and underscore the need for the United States to develop a more effective approach to China and the Indo-Pacific region. The discussion, moderated by Laura Junor, took place at the Asia Policy Assembly on June 18. Richard J. Ellings is Co-founder, President Emeritus, and Counselor at NBR. Aaron L. Friedberg is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and Co-director of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Center for International Security Studies. He is also a Counselor at NBR. Laura Junor is the Director of Research and Strategic Support at the National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies.
42 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
America's Alliances and Partnerships
In this episode of NBR’s Asia Insight podcast series, Kazutoshi Aikawa and James F. Moriarty discuss the unique relationship between Taiwan and the U.S., assess what makes alliances work best, and analyze the current U.S.-Japan alliance. The discussion, moderated by Roy Kamphausen, took place at the Asia Policy Assembly on June 19.
52 minutes | Aug 15, 2019
Trends in Trade, Investment, and Finance
In this episode of NBR’s Asia Insight podcast series, Thomas X. Hammes, Claire Reade, and Michael Beckley analyze globalization trends, U.S.-China trade and investment, and the effects of economic stagnation on Chinese security policy. The discussion, moderated by Amy Celico, took place at the Asia Policy Assembly on June 19.
43 minutes | Jul 17, 2019
Democracy in Asia
In this episode of NBR’s Asia Insight podcast series, Daniel Twining, Carolyn Bartholomew, and Tariq Karim examine the recent Hong Kong protests, discuss democratic trends in Asia, and analyze tensions between democratic and authoritarian forces in the region. The discussion, moderated by Michael Wills, took place at the Asia Policy Assembly on June 19.
34 minutes | Jun 27, 2019
China's Responses to a Changing Security Environment
Phillip C. Saunders and Thomas G. Mahnken examine the global ambitions of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the strategic calculation behind PLA's disruptive activities in the region in the latest episode of NBR's Asia Insight podcast series. The discussion, moderated by Abraham M. Denmark, took place at the Asia Policy Assembly on June 19.
50 minutes | May 15, 2019
The Second Belt and Road Forum: Xi's Reassessment and Recalibration of the BRI
Dan Aum, director of NBR’s Washington, D.C., Office, interviews NBR Senior Fellow Nadège Rolland and Brookings-Yale Postdoctoral Fellow in Foreign Policy Rush Doshi on the recent Belt and Road Forum. Topics discussed include takeaways from the forum, the strategic implications of BRI, forecasting China’s moves, and more. Bios: Rush Doshi is the Brookings-Yale Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center. His research has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, and the Washington Quarterly, among other publications. Dr. Doshi received his PhD from Harvard University, where he wrote his dissertation on Chinese grand strategy, and his BA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School with a minor in East Asian Studies. He is proficient in Mandarin and Hindi. Nadège Rolland is Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at NBR. Prior to joining NBR, Ms. Rolland was an analyst and senior adviser on Asian and Chinese strategic issues to the French Ministry of Defense (1994–2014) and a research analyst for the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) (2007–8). She is the author of the book China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (2017). Her articles have appeared in various publications, including the Washington Quarterly, Foreign Policy, the Diplomat, the Asan Open Forum, the Lowy Institute Interpreter, and Strategic Asia, and her comments have been published by the Wall Street Journal, Libération, Les Echos, the Indian National Interest, Radio Free Asia, and BBC World Service. Ms. Rolland is a graduate of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (MSc Chinese Language and Contemporary Chinese Studies, 1994) and RSIS (MSc Strategic Studies, 2007). Timestamp: Q1 [1:56] What major changes took place between the first BRI Forum in 2017 and the recent forum in April 2019? Q2 [3:28] What were Xi’s key objectives for the 2019 forum? Q3 [4:49] Were the message and tone different this time around? Q4 [7:03] What are your key takeaways from the 2019 forum? Q5 [10:58] The challenges associated with being a recipient country of BRI projects are well known. Yet countries continue to sign up for BRI projects. Why? Q6 [13:48] Are BRI projects meeting universal standards of quality? Why? Q7 [18:58] How is China expanding its people, assets, and values abroad? Q8 [21:57] How is China using financial tools to support BRI, and what are the broader strategic ambitions at play? Q9 [24:33] How is China seeking to reshape the international financial architecture? Q10 [28:12] What triggered China’s desire to create a new set of international messaging and financing systems? Q11 [30:08] We’ve seen several phases of BRI. What phase are we in now? What will happen next? Q12 [34:27] As China increases its emphasis on soft power, should we expect a de-emphasis in the more tactile areas like infrastructure? Q13 [35:19] What are the vulnerabilities facing BRI? Q14 [40:20] Is China applying its soft power approach to the United States? Q15 [41:56] How should the United States respond to China on any of the key fronts we’ve discussed? Q16 [45:45] Is there anything about BRI that is obvious to you that other people still don’t appreciate? Q17 [48:53] What grade would you give Xi on the recalibration of BRI? About Asia Insight The NBR podcast series Asia Insight features interviews with top Asia experts about key issues affecting the Indo-Pacific region, with a focus on implications for U.S. policy and businesses. Subscribe to Asia Insight on Apple Podcasts and let us know what you think of the podcast on Twitter. Media Contact: Dan Aum, email@example.com or (202) 347-9767. Asia Insight theme music is by Laura Schwartz of Bellwether Bayou. This podcast was co-edited by Dan Lee and Matt Ropeik at NBR.
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