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.
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.
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.
China is strengthening its position within international development finance and monetary cooperation.
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.
Europeans are growing more wary of China, but still welcome many of its contributions.
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Xi Jinping wanting to scrap formal limitations on presidential terms is making waves.
The volume of Chinese investments in Europe has increased significantly in recent years.
The Nordics have a lot to gain from learning from each other's relationship with China.
How does the world appear seen from China and the Nordics?
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.
What shapes EU policy towards China? This is the topic for NUPI Research Fellow Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson's new article.
New article: China is rapidly rising as a key actor on the African continent.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
How does China deal with global disorder and distrust, and what does China’s domestic politics mean for its international engagements?
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.
Trade and infrastructure projects are booming in Asia. How may relations between countries in Asia and Europe change?
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.
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?
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.
Experts from leading think tanks visit NUPI to discuss the China-Nordic relationship in light of today's challenges.
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.
NUPI has the pleasure of hosting the presentations of this year’s Asian Development Outlook. What challenges are middle-income economies facing?
Chinese tech giants are increasingly visible and established in the European market. Are we ready for all that this implies?