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2011 Energy Security Conference

"Asia's Rising Energy and Resource Nationalism"

On May 4, 2011, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-hosted NBR's seventh annual Energy Security Conference, "Asia’s Rising Energy and Resource Nationalism: Implications for the United States, China, and the Asia-Pacific Region," in Washington, D.C.

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For more information about the conference, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Project Manager
Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs
(202) 347-9767

Energy and resource security have become critical strategic issues in Asia as energy demand and import dependence rise rapidly. Regional powers, most importantly China, have responded with nationalist and mercantilist strategies to secure control over energy and commodity supplies. This zero-sum atmosphere is feeding geopolitical rivalries among China, the United States, Japan, India, and Korea. The United States has a major stake in preventing competition over energy and commodities from fueling regional strategic distrust and conflict.

Conference discussions focused on national oil and gas acquisition strategies, the connection between energy and control of the sea lanes, the impact of Asian national oil companies on the oil industry competitive landscape, and the emergence of rare earth minerals as an arena for national competition.

This flagship event of NBR's Energy Security Program is part of an ongoing initiative that seeks to bridge the gap between policymakers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders concerned with the future of Asian energy markets.


The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Speakers and Discussants

Robert Cekuta
Department of State

Edward Chow
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Bernard Cole
National Defense University

Gabriel Collins
China SignPost

Clint Cox
The Anchor House

Yufan Hao
University of Macau

Llewelyn Hughes
The George Washington University

Mikkal Herberg
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Bo Kong
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Ken Koyama
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)

Tanvi Madan
University of Texas at Austin

James Manicom
Balsillie School of International Affairs

Jane Nakano
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Wang Zhen
University of Virginia
China University of Petroleum at Beijing