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2015 Energy Security Workshop

On July 23, NBR and the US-ASEAN Business Council will co-host the eleventh annual Energy Security Workshop, “Indonesia: A Regional Energy Leader in Transition.” This is an invitation-only event in Washington, D.C. Learn more and request an invitation.

Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

NBR and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) present project findings in a report from Admiral Thomas B. Fargo (John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies at NBR) and experts from the Asia-Pacific.

China and Indo-U.S. Relations: An Emerging Triangle?

Shivshankar Menon (Brookings Institution) argues that despite increasing convergence between the United States and India on China, a strategic triangle has not yet emerged. He discusses options for strengthening bilateral Indo-U.S. cooperation and initiating new trilateral dialogues.

The U.S. Response to China’s Military Modernization

The 114th Congress has the opportunity to set the tone in military relations with China through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015. As the NDAA awaits approval in the Senate, Mark Cozad (RAND Corporation) analyzes the new defense capabilities that China has developed and their effect on U.S. interests in Asia.

A Chinese Perspective on National Life Science Innovation and Leadership

Yiwu He (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) compares and contrasts the environments for innovation in the life sciences in the United States and China. He argues that China’s life science sector is likely to benefit over the long term from significant financial investments from the government and private funds that allow for R&D failures over the short term.

Malaysia’s ASEAN Chairmanship

Malaysia’s 2015 chairmanship of ASEAN comes at a critical time for regional trade diplomacy. Adek Hussin, Malaysia’s ambassador to the United States, discusses Malaysia’s goals as ASEAN chair and vision for regional economic integration.


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NBR Special Report on U.S., Japanese, and Asian Energy Security

Mikkal E. Herberg (NBR) examines major developments that are reshaping the Asia-Pacific’s energy security environment and offers recommendations for how the region can forge a new, more robust energy security architecture.

Shifts in Japan’s Life Science and Health Care Policy

Yuji Yamamoto (MinaCare) discusses Japan’s revised policies toward its life science sector and assesses the government’s new efforts to leverage the sector as a key driver of economic growth.

Meredith Miller Testifies before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

On May 13, Meredith Miller testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission at a hearing on "China’s Relations with Southeast Asia." View the webcast or read her prepared remarks.

Innovate in India: Global Perspectives on the Continuing Evolution of India's IP Policy

In an NBR Special Report, Roy Kamphausen (NBR) examines India's IP and innovation environment and considers policy options for India, the United States, and the international community.

Shinzo Abe Is the Ally America Needs

In advance of Japanese Prime Minister Abe's visit to the United States, Dennis Blair (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; NBR board of directors) built the case for the importance to the United States of a longtime ally like Japan. Read Admiral Blair's commentary in Defense One.

North Korea's New Diplomacy

Nadège Rolland (NBR) reflects on North Korea's growing relationship with Russia even as the country's relations with China have deteriorated in the wake of Pyongyang's February 2013 nuclear test.

"Innovate in India" Event Highlights

Missed the discussions in Washington, D.C., and Seattle? Catch up with insights from Congressman Adam Smith (State of Washington), Kapil Sharma (Wipro), Roy Kamphausen (NBR), and others on how to strengthen public policy in both India and across the Asia-Pacific.

The 7th Trilateral Ministers' Meeting

Julia Oh (Atlas Corps Fellow at NBR) analyzes the outcomes and implications of the 7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting among China, Japan, and South Korea, held on March 21 in Seoul.

Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry as a Strategic Focus for South Korea

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has endorsed healthcare as a strategic industry for the country. Joo Hun You (South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare) discusses the relationship between South Korea's domestic health industry and healthcare system as well as implications for the U.S.–South Korea strategic relationship.

Reshaping the Rebalance: How the 114th Congress Can Advance U.S. Asia Strategy

Van Jackson (Center for a New American Security and Council on Foreign Relations)addresses three strategic challenges facing U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific and identifies specific actions the 114th Congress can take to address them.

Energy Security and the Asia-Pacific: Course Reader

This special collection of essays from leading experts, selected from previous NBR publications, provides students with a strong foundation for understanding the trends and challenges shaping the energy security outlook for the Asia-Pacific and the world.



Pentagon Appoints Abraham Denmark, NBR Senior Vice President, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia

The U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense has appointed Abraham Denmark, Senior Vice President of Political and Security Affairs and External Relations at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), to the position of United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia. Mr. Denmark replaces former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia David Helvey.


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More than 200 leaders from government, business, and research and 60 energy journalists gathered in Beijing, China, on May 27–29, 2015, for the 6th annual Pacific Energy Summit. Read featured expert quotes and listen to full audio from three Summit media roundtables:

U.S.-China Energy Cooperation


The Geopolitics of Oil and Gas in Asia


Health and the Environment



Trends in Global Oil Markets

Regional Perspectives

Experts from across the Asia-Pacific offer country and regional perspectives on recent trends in global oil markets and examine the implications for policy, industry, and the public.


JAPAN | Tomoko Hosoe and Osamu Fujisawa

RUSSIA | Ekaterina Grushevenko

SOUTH KOREA | Younkyoo Kim

NORTH AMERICA | Frank A. Verrastro

CHINA | Kang Wu

INDIA | Manish Vaid

INDONESIA | Satya Widya Yudha


These briefs were commissioned on the sidelines of the 2015 Pacific Energy Summit.



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