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Adapting to a New Energy Era - December 2013 Workshop

Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, December 11, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) hosted an invitation-only workshop, Adapting to a New Energy Era, in Washington, D.C.

Event Materials

Agenda (PDF)

Speaker Biographies (PDF)

For more information about the workshop, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Assistant Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs
(202) 347-9767

World energy markets have undergone a seismic shift in the past ten years, driven by the unexpected boom in U.S. and Canadian production of shale gas, tight oil, and heavy oil. These changes have accelerated an already steady decline in U.S. imports of Middle East oil and gas. At the same time, China, Japan, and the rest of Asia have emerged as major importers of oil and natural gas from the Persian Gulf.

Given these broad changes in both energy markets and global strategic priorities, and as the United States continues its rebalancing to Asia, there is an urgent need for the United States and Asian countries to revamp their energy security strategies for stabilizing the Gulf region.

With this in mind, panel discussions examined:

  • Current U.S. and Asian energy security strategies for oil and LNG supply security, and how the policy and economic considerations that underlie these strategies are changing
  • Prospects for the United States to reduce its geopolitical footprint in the Middle East and scenarios for how Japan, South Korea, China, and other states might respond
  • Existing global and regional energy markets and institutions, and possible new or enhanced arrangements that might strengthen Asia’s energy security
  • How the United States and Japan can work more closely with states in the Asia-Pacific toward a coordinated strategic policy to enhance Gulf stability and the security of oil and LNG transport
  • Likely resource and commitment requirements for the United States, Japan, and other states in Asia to achieve common goals

Speakers Included

Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States of America

Minister Yasushi Akahoshi
Embassy of Japan in the United States of America

Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr.
House of Representatives, United States

Kent Calder
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Robert F. Cekuta
U.S. Department of State

Edward Chow
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Bernard Cole
National Defense University

Tom Cutler
Cutler International

Abraham M. Denmark
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Clara Gillispie
The National Bureau of Asian Research

David Gordon
Eurasia Group

Mikkal E. Herberg
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Roy Kamphausen
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Ambassador Ahmad Tariq A. Karim
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India

Geoffrey Kemp
Center for the National Interest

Takashi Kume
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan

Ambassador Richard LeBaron
Atlantic Council

Meredith Miller
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Yu Nagatomi
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Robert Price
International Risk Strategies

Kei Shimogori
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

James Slutz
Global Energy Strategies LLC

Nikos Tsafos
PFC Energy – an IHS company

Wang Zhen
China University of Petroleum at Beijing

About the Project

Through a range of activities—including field research, commissioned papers, workshops, and dialogues with key stakeholders—the project “Adapting to a New Energy Era” aims to provide in-depth and academically rigorous research into how the United States, Japan, South Korea, China, and others countries can craft stronger diplomatic, strategic, and economic tools to support common energy security interests. Learn more.


This initiative is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

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