Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA)
Mikkal E. Herberg
Research Director, Energy Security Program
Senior Vice President of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs & Outreach;
Director, Washington, D.C., Office
The mission of the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group is to foster collaborative solutions to common challenges facing the United States and Asia in these arenas. Guided by an in-house research team and a select group of senior advisors, TEEA’s research focuses on three broad areas: energy security and policy; energy and the environment; and trade, investment, and economic engagement.
Employing a “network of experts” model, TEEA collaborates with a broad range of U.S. and Asian specialists from industry, academia, and government to conduct innovative research and convene high-level dialogues that result in actionable policy recommendations. Our experts share insights through a number of channels, including workshops and conferences, publications, commentaries, and corporate and policy briefings. Through these efforts, TEEA helps to bridge the gap between industry and policy.
TEEA’s research includes the following initiatives:
Pacific Energy Summit
The Summit series aims to foster economic and energy security in the Asia-Pacific by developing practical solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and global climate change. The flagship event of this effort is the annual, invitation-only Summit, which convenes approximately 150 global leaders to articulate regional energy needs and opportunities.
Energy Security Program
This initiative convenes senior policy and industry leaders and Asia energy specialists to engage in high-level discussions of Asia’s energy policies and their implications for geopolitics. Experts share insights and recommendations through a number of channels, including an invitation-only spring workshop, NBR’s annual Energy Security Report, and a public fall launch event.
China's Strategies on Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Standards, and Innovation
Since the mid-1990s, NBR has been at the forefront of analyzing and researching China’s IPR regime and industrial policies, including technology standards, innovation policy, and intellectual property protection. Drawing from a comprehensive network of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers, this program informs U.S. and Chinese leaders on policy implications through high-level briefings, workshops and conferences, and reports.
Adapting to a New Energy Era
An unexpected boom in U.S. and Canadian production of shale gas, tight oil has accelerated an already steady decline in U.S. imports of Middle East oil and gas, while China, Japan, and the rest of Asia have emerged as major importers of oil and natural gas from the Persian Gulf. With this in mind, this initiative aims to provide in-depth and academically rigorous research into how the United States, Japan, and other countries can craft stronger diplomatic, strategic, and economic tools to support common energy security interests.
Myanmar’s Growing Regional Role
This multi-year project brings together top experts from the United States, Myanmar, and the Asia-Pacific to explore the challenges and opportunities posed by Myanmar’s regional re-emergence and its ongoing political and economic reforms. It seeks to develop a comprehensive framework for the future of Myanmar’s engagement with partners in the region.
Given the growing importance of Asia to U.S. objectives overseas, it is vitally important for policymakers to understand the transformations underway in Asia and the implications for American strategic, economic, and diplomatic interests. To better inform these important debates, this initiative convenes government and academic experts from the United States and Asia to provide analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific.