- NBR - The National Bureau of Asian Research

About Us


NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Drawing upon an extensive network of the world’s leading specialists and leveraging the latest technology, NBR bridges the academic, business, and policy arenas.

NBR disseminates its research through briefings, publications, conferences, Congressional testimony, and email forums, and by collaborating with leading institutions worldwide. NBR also provides exceptional internship opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students for the purposes of attracting and training the next generation of Asia specialists and leaders.

NBR’s Research

The National Bureau of Asian Research is committed to advanced independent research on issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Much of NBR’s research is undertaken by the world’s best specialists, working under contract on specific research projects. Our policies prohibit outside interference in any of our research. NBR reserves the right to choose the researchers on a specific project, and allows no outside interference with the research, writing, and editing of reports. Our specialists reach their own conclusions and policy implications, which are subject to peer review before publication.

Funding for NBR’s research comes from foundations, corporations, government departments and agencies, individuals, and NBR itself. NBR undertakes a small amount of contract work for public and private sector organizations, but always reserves the right to publish findings from such work. NBR does not undertake classified or proprietary research work, and adheres to strict policies to avoid conflicts of interest.


The origins of The National Bureau of Asian Research date back to Senator Henry M. Jackson, who believed that an urgent need existed for an institution that could tap the nation’s best expertise to study Asia and Russia with U.S. national interests in mind. NBR was established in 1989 with major grants from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Boeing Company and continues to work closely with both institutions to further NBR’s mission.

Senator Jackson’s legacy shapes NBR’s essential values: integrity, honesty, concern for people, loyalty, importance of foreign policy, integration of realism and idealism in foreign policy, importance of China and relations among the great powers, and the importance of bipartisanship in making policy.

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Our Values
In Memory of Jane T. Russell

Jane Russell, beloved wife and lifetime partner of NBR’s chairman, George Russell, understood the importance of a corporate value system and was instrumental in identifying and developing the core values of the Russell Investment Group (formerly Frank Russell Company), which is heralded today for fostering integrity in an environment of mutual trust and respect and for its extraordinary people programs.

Jane also had a profound effect on the nonprofit world and at NBR. She inspired the development of NBR’s values by prompting the staff with such questions as: What values do you believe are important? Which ones do you bring to your work? What keeps you up at night?

It was Jane Russell who started NBR staff through the process of developing NBR’s value system and building an environment for personal fulfillment and organizational success.