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Engaging Asia 2013: How Will the 113th Congress Address the Rebalance toward Asia?


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Event Audio

Welcome

Meredith Miller
The National Bureua of Asian Research
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The Role of Congress in Shaping U.S.-China Relations

Congressman Rick Larsen
U.S. House of Representatives
AUDIO | TRANSCRIPT

Whose Pacific Century? The 113th Congress and Asia

Edward Gresser
Progressive Economy
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The United States and Evolving Geopolitics in Asia: A View from Indonesia

Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal
Embassy of Indonesia
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The Role of Congress in Foreign Policy

Senator Slade Gorton
The National Bureau of Asian Research
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In recognition of Asia’s increasing global importance, the United States is rebalancing to focus more attention on the region politically, economically, and militarily. The 113th Congress takes office as this strategy is being implemented. At a time of constrained resources and competing domestic priorities, Congress will play a pivotal role in determining and executing many aspects of the rebalance as it allocates funds, provides oversight, and ratifies trade agreements.

With this in mind, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) hosted “Engaging Asia 2013: How Will the 113th Congress Address the Rebalance toward Asia?” on April 17 in Washington, D.C. This half-day conference provided high-level expert insight and discussion on the congressional priorities that will shape U.S. strategy in the region.

The event featured remarks from Congressman Rick Larsen on the role of Congress in the U.S.–China relationship and from Indonesia's Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal on how Southeast Asia views the U.S. rebalancing. A panel discussion assessed the new NBR Analysis report “Whose Pacific Century? The 113th Congress and Asia” with co-author Edward Gresser (Progressive Economy) and practitioners from Capitol Hill.

Agenda

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Participants

Mark Brunner is Senior Advisor to Senator Mark Warner. (off-the-record)

Abraham Denmark is NBR’s Vice President of Political and Security Affairs.

Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal is Indonesia’s Ambassador to the United States.

Jamie Fly is Counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio. (off-the-record)

Senator Slade Gorton is Counselor (in residence) at NBR. He served in the U.S. Senate representing Washington State.

Edward Gresser is the Director of Progressive Economy.

Congressman Rick Larsen is co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group. He represents Washington's 2nd Congressional District.

Sonia Luthra is Assistant Director for Outreach at NBR.

Meredith Miller is NBR's Senior Vice President for Trade, Energy and Economic Affairs & Outreach, and Director, Washington, D.C. Office.

Pamela Passman is President and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org).

Michael Schiffer is Senior Advisor and Counselor (Democratic staff) to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. (off-the-record)

Nien Su is the Senior Director for the Asia-Pacific (Republican Staff) at the House Foreign Affairs Committee. (off-the-record)

Background on the Conference

Engaging Asia is a comprehensive initiative that encourages integrated high-level discussion of U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific. The initiative convenes experts from government and academia to provide analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement with the region. “Engaging Asia 2013: How Will the 113th Congress Address the Rebalance toward Asia?” is the sixth conference in this series.


The conference featured remarks from Congressman Rick Larsen on the role of Congress in the U.S.-China relationship. Congressman Larsen is co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group. He represents Washington's 2nd Congressional District.



In the NBR Analysis report "Whose Pacific Century? The 113th Congress and Asia," Edward Gresser (Progressive Economy) and Daniel Twining (German Marshall Fund of the United States) examine the central issues in the Asia-Pacific that the 113th Congress will confront.

Contact

For more information on Engaging Asia, please contact:

Meredith Miller
Senior Vice President, Trade, Economic and Energy Affairs & Outreach and Director, Washington, D.C. office
202.347.9767 nbrDC@nbr.org