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NUPI Center for Asia Research (NCAR)

Research center

The NUPI Center for Asia Research (NCAR), launched in 2015, reflects growing European interest in the politics, economics and strategic policies of East, Southeast and South Asia. 

The purpose of the Centre is to develop research on Asian domestic and global politics, reflecting regional policy issues of great relevance to Norway and to Europe as a whole. NCAR's mission is to become a leading source of policy-relevant research and expertise on the Asia-Pacific for the benefit of the Norwegian public and well as the public and private sector. NCAR brings together research experience from several areas of comparative and foreign policy studies related to Asian politics, economics, security and diplomacy. 

Among the current research projects under the aegis of NCAR is a multifaceted study of the sub-regional relations between the Russian Far East (RFE) and Northeast Asia, including China and Japan. Other projects in progress are a study of emerging European ‘pivot’ to Asia in light of China’s rise as a great power and ongoing questions about the European Union’s foreign policy developments, the growing roles of Asian actors in Arctic development and institution-building, the difficult question of maritime security in East Asia, transitional government in Myanmar in the post-2015 election period, political economy issues in India, and European contributions of the political economy of Southeast Asia.

China and India have highly visible roles in NCAR's portfolio. However, the Centre also maintains an active network of research contacts with other countries in the region, notably Japan, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam as well as the Oceania/South Pacific area. Specific areas of research have also included comparative Asia-Europe welfare state development and the ‘Nordic model’, free trade cooperation, governance, and comparative peace-building. NEAR researchers are also affiliated with many other research networks both within NUPI and across Europe. 

Scholars partnered with NCAR represent a wide variety of educational and research backgrounds in the fields of economics, international relations, political science and strategic studies, and possess language skills which include French, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin and Thai.

Read more about NUPI's research on Asia on our Asia regional page.

NUPI also organizes a seminar series on China and the Nordics. More information here.

See also NUPI Centre for European Studies (NCE).

News

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Bildet viser Japans president Abe og USAs president Trump

The strategic importance of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Tokyo’s take

May 10, 2019

While the idea of the Indo-Pacific as more than just a geographic space is only recently taking root in the Nordics and broader Europe, it has already been hotly discussed as a strategically important arena in foreign and security policy circles in Asia for several years.

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Bildet viser statsminister Erna Solberg og Kinas president Xi Jinping

European countries differ in how they talk critical issues with China

January 28, 2019

This is the conclusion in a new report addressing political values in Europe-China relations. Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr (NUPI and UiB) has written the chapter on Norway.

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Bildet viser et møte mellom Verdensbankens president Jim Yong Kim og Kinas president Xi Jinping i juli 2018.

New report on China and multilateral development banks

January 21, 2019

China is strengthening its position within international development finance and monetary cooperation.

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Why are Asia’s nuclear powers rearming?

December 12, 2018

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted NOK 8 million to NUPI researchers Henrik Hiim and Sverre Lodgaard to study the drivers of nuclear rearmament in Asia.

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China: New Silk Road stir mixed reactions in Europe

April 6, 2018

Europeans are growing more wary of China, but still welcome many of its contributions.

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Asia is booming – what are the implications?

March 6, 2018

Connectivity has become a buzzword today. It topped the agenda at the joint conference on trade, infrastructure and Europe–Asia relations, organized by NUPI and the MFA to mark ASEM day.

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The image shows China's President Xi Jinping.

Analysis: Chinese politics under Xi Jinping

March 2, 2018

Xi Jinping wanting to scrap formal limitations on presidential terms is making waves.

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Timely report on Chinese investments

December 15, 2017

The volume of Chinese investments in Europe has increased significantly in recent years.

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NEW BOOK: Meeting the dragon in the North

October 23, 2017

The Nordics have a lot to gain from learning from each other's relationship with China.

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China meets the Nordics at NUPI

September 6, 2017

How does the world appear seen from China and the Nordics?

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Bildet viser Mount Fuji i Japan

Japan and China: Competing Realities

August 23, 2017

China has played a central role in Japanese identity-making for centuries - what of its role today? asks Wrenn Yennie Lindgren (NUPI) in a new article.

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Bildet viser Kinas president Xi Jinping og EU-kommisjonens president Jean-Claude Juncker

The Bear and the Triangle

April 25, 2017

What shapes EU policy towards China? This is the topic for NUPI Research Fellow Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson's new article.

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The Chinese Story

April 18, 2017

New article: China is rapidly rising as a key actor on the African continent.

Publications

Publication

China and Multilateral Development Banks: Positions, Motivations, Ambitions

2018
The evolving relationships between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the major multilateral development banks (MDBs) reflect China’s evolution ...
Publication

Political values in Norway’s relations with China: Standing ground or giving in?

2018
The six-year freeze in bilateral political relations following the award of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize makes Norway an interesting case study of political ...
Publication : ANTOLOGI

China and Nordic Diplomacy

2018
This book seeks to explore Nordic approaches to China and the idea of sub-regional diplomacy. China’s multi-tiered approach to Europe can be seen vividly ...
Publication : NUPI Policy Brief

China's Cyber Sovereignty

2017
This policy brief analyses China’s ambitions for imposing and strengthening the concept of cyber sovereignty in international negotiations on topics related ...
Publication : ARTIKKEL

Navigation, circumvention and brokerage: the tricks of the trade of developing NGOs in China

2017
Chinese NGOs face strong coercive pressures and limitations yet have still emerged as notable actors in several issue areas. This article studies why ...
Publication

Chinese Investments in Norway: A Typical Case Despite Special Circumstances

2017
Chinese investments in Norway have increased, and remain moderate but substantial compared with the situation in Europe overall. The Norwegian case is ...
Publication : ARTIKKEL

The Duty of Care for Citizens Abroad: Security and Responsibility in the In Amenas and Fukushima Crises

2018
This article analyses the state’s duty of care (DoC) for citizens who fall victim to unforeseen catastrophic or violent events abroad. The DoC highlights ...
Publication : LESERINNLEGG

En liten korrigering om "militarisering"

2017
(Available in Norwegian only): Klassekampens reportasje om USA, alliansepolitikk og Øst-Asia på tirsdag var veldig interessant, god og viktig. Det kan ...
Publication : KRONIKK

Et valg uten alternativer

2017
(Norwegian only): Japans LDP er ikke et spesielt populært parti, så hvorfor fikk de såpass stor valgoppslutning? spør Wrenn Y. Lingren og Petter Lindgren ...
Publication : ARTIKKEL

Identity Politics and the East China Sea: China as Japan's 'Other'

2017
This article contributes to the relational IR literature on identity politics and Sino-Japanese relations. Theoretically, we develop Rumelili's 2004 ...
Publication : KRONIKK

Nordens plass i Kinas nye æra?

2017
Knapt året etter at norske myndigheter er ute av kineserens fryseboks har Xi Jinping nylig erklært til den 19 partikongressen at Kina er på vei inn i ...
Publication : KRONIKK

Transatlantic Troubles and the EU’s Pivot Toward Asia

2017
The G20 Summit in Hamburg demonstrated that the geopolitical landscape is rapidly changing. The U.S. is no longer the only leader—it has to share the ...
Publication : ARTIKKEL

The bear and the EU-China-US triangle: Transatlantic and Russian influences on EU’s “pivot to Asia”

2017
This article argues that in the case of the EU’s efforts to undertake a “Pivot to Asia”, added explanatory salience can be achieved by recognising firstly ...
Publication : OVERSIKTSART

The Chinese story: Historical narratives as a tool in China’s Africa policy

2017
The rise of China as a key actor on the African continent not only challenges the Western dominance in economic and political terms, Beijing is increasingly ...
Publication : NUPI Policy Brief

China's New Development Bank and Infrastructure-led Growth

2016
In view of China’s recent launch of several new development banks (AIIB, OBOR, NDB) with a central focus on infrastructure, this NUPI Brief takes a look ...
Publication : NUPI Policy Brief

China’s Political Priorities in the Nordic Countries: from technology to core interests

2016
Chinese policymakers have identified a number of priorities that motivate them to observe and interact with the Nordic countries. While one can assume ...
Publication

“For Every Action...” The American pivot to Asia and fragmented European responses

2016
In this two-part paper, Thomas Wright and Will Moreland respond to an assessment of Europe's reaction to the U.S. rebalance to Asia by Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson, ...
Publication : KRONIKK

Towards the Thaw: Seeking Clarity in China-Norway Relations

2016
How can China and Norway move on from the political freeze sparked by dissident Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize?
Publication : NUPI Policy Brief

Ties that Bind: The Emerging Regional Security Complex in the Arctic

2016
  • Marc Lanteigne
The security situation in the Arctic has begun to produce a 'regional security complex' (RSC) based on shared regional strategic concerns. However, ...
Publication : MONOGRAFI
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Economics and Security in China

2015
  • Marc Lanteigne
Publication : Working Paper, NUPI
Publication : Working Paper, NUPI
Publication : ARTIKKEL
Publication : ARTIKKEL
Publication : ARTIKKEL

Fragmentation and decline in India's state assemblies: A review, 1967-2007

2015
Tracing activity in 15 Indian state assemblies from 1967 to 2007, we find that overall legislative activity declined but there was also considerable variation ...

Projects

Project

Developments in the Russian Far East

The project "Developments in the Russian Far East" looks at Russian decision-making and international engagement around development of Russia’s Pacific coast.
Project : Research Project

MISIS-NUPI Capacity Building and Research Cooperation

The purpose of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) to carry out research on foreign policy issues of importance to Myanmar and contribute policy development.
Project : Research Project

Undermining Hegemony. The US, China, Russia, and International Public Goods

Developments in the last fifteen years have driven renewed interest in hegemonic-stability and power-transition theory. The persistence of US-centered primacy during the 1990s produced new arguments for the stability of unipolar orders recent attention to the rise of China has made the dynamics of power transitions a central concern for work on grand strategy and interstate security.
Project : Research Project

Traders in the food value chain - firm size and international food distribution

The project focuses on patterns of distribution in Norway's seafood exports and agricultural trade (exports and imports).
Project : Research Project
Project : Research Project

Legal Regimes and Women's Economic Agency

The project's objective is to improve our understanding of how legal regimes and legal changes affect the economic agency of different subgroupes of women across the world
  • My Rafstedt
Project

China and the Nordics Seminar Series

What roles can the Nordic countries play in China’s emerging European engagement?
Themes
Asia  Europe  Security policy  Global economy  Economic growth  Development policy
Events
Tue 5 Feb 2019
Event
Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: Studentsenteret, Universitetet i Bergen

Chinese and Nordic Priorities in the SDG 2030 Agenda

NUPI and CMI researchers meet in Bergen to discuss their ongoing work on Chinese and Nordic efforts towards the Sustainable Development Agenda. Erik Solheim, former leader of UN Environment, will comment and share insights from his vast development-related experiences.

Tue 29 Jan 2019
Event
Time: 15:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

China and the nuclear crises in Iran and North Korea

The nuclear deal with Iran is in crisis, and talks on the North Korean nuclear program has made little progress. At the same time, China is well on its way to become one of the world’s most powerful states. How important is it for China to prevent any further proliferation of nuclear weapons?

Thu 25 Oct 2018
Event
Time: 15:15 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Theory Seminar: The prospects for Chinese leadership in an age of upheaval

Srdjan Vucetic will discuss his latest paper on China’s possibilities in a time where the relationship between the West and USA is more uncertain than before.

Tue 18 Sept 2018
Event
Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

How has Trump pushed Europe and Asia together?

One of the unforeseen consequences of President Trump’s erratic foreign policy has been to push Europe and Asia closer together. This is what Fraser Cameron will argue when he visits NUPI on 19 September.

Mon 20 Aug 2018
Event
Time: 12:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Feeding India: Poverty, prices and value chains

With India’s massive poverty, food issues rank high on the policy agenda, including food consumption and food prices, and the income and power distribution along the food value chains. In recent work, NUPI researchers and partners have shed new light on key issues in the field.

Thu 12 Apr 2018
Event
Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

The Philippines, ASEAN and climate change

What did the Philippines achieve in its chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017? And what challenges lie ahead for the ASEAN countries related to climate change?

Wed 2 May 2018
Event
Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Breakfast seminar: Global disorder and distrust – Chinese reactions

How does China deal with global disorder and distrust, and what does China’s domestic politics mean for its international engagements?

Thu 22 Mar 2018
Event
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Myanmar – challenges and opportunities

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP representative in Myanmar, Knut Østby and researchers Roman Vakulchuk and Kristian Stokke will take a closer look at Myanmar, and the political and economic challenges the country is facing.

Sun 4 Mar 2018
Event
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

A more connected Asia – new possibilities in Europe?

Trade and infrastructure projects are booming in Asia. How may relations between countries in Asia and Europe change?

Wed 14 Feb 2018
Event
Time: 15:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Directed Improvisation: How China Escaped the Poverty Trap

How do organisations effectively transform themselves to cope with changing environments? Yuen Yuen Ang presents a new way to think about building adaptive capacity, with lessons from China.

Sun 26 Nov 2017
Event
Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Xi Jinping’s China – what does the future hold?

China's president has now started his second term at power. What is the future outlook for the country's economy? And how does Japan perceive its neighbour?

Mon 27 Nov 2017
Event
Time: 16:15 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

North Korea and the USA: the simplified black and white conflict

In cooperation with the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies, NUPI invites you to this talk on the ‘Doomsday Clock’ and the threat of a global nuclear war.

Thu 7 Sept 2017
Event
Time: 10:30 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

China and the Nordics - Global Challenges in Chinese and Nordic Perspectives

Experts from leading think tanks visit NUPI to discuss the China-Nordic relationship in light of today's challenges.

Mon 16 Oct 2017
Event
Time: 10:30 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Breakfast seminar: Japan’s Security and Foreign Policy Challenges on the Korean Peninsula

North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear and missile programs has posed a grave security threat to the international community. Dr. Junya Nishino visits NUPI to discuss this threat from a Japanese point of view.

Wed 26 Apr 2017
Event
Time: 15:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Asia – Transcending the Middle-Income Challenge

NUPI has the pleasure of hosting the presentations of this year’s Asian Development Outlook. What challenges are middle-income economies facing?

Tue 5 Feb 2019
Event
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Chinese cyber security and consequences for Europe

Chinese tech giants are increasingly visible and established in the European market. Are we ready for all that this implies?