- NBR - The National Bureau of Asian Research

Field Research for "Adapting to a New Energy Era"

Throughout 2013 and 2014, NBR is conducting field research with collaborating institutions in Asia and the United States as part of an ongoing initiative "Adapting to a New Energy Era." Led by Mikkal Herberg, and with Meredith Miller serving as senior advisor on U.S. energy policy, activities include small-group sessions and roundtables designed to bring together senior representatives from industry, policy, and research.

Core research questions include:

Field Research Overview

Roundtable Presentation (PDF)

Initiative Overview (PDF)

Central Question

How can the United States and Japan lead the crafting of a regional strategy to build, strengthen, and deploy better tools to support common energy security interests in the Persian Gulf and Middle East as well as globally?

Research Sites

Vancouver, Canada (April 2013)

Tokyo, Japan (August 2013 through the present)

Washington, D.C. (September 2013 through the present)

Seoul, South Korea (October 2013)

Singapore (February 2014)

Beijing, China (Upcoming)

  • How is the United States’ energy security strategy toward oil and gas supply changing as U.S. energy supply continues to grow strongly and as strategic and budget pressures to reduce Middle East and Gulf defense commitments increasingly set in?
  • How are Asian energy security strategies shifting as Asia’s dependence on Middle East and Gulf oil supplies grows, and amid regional concerns about the potential for declining U.S. commitments to the Middle East?
  • How can the United States and Japan work together to build new or stronger market, diplomatic, and institutional tools for regional and global energy security?
  • What role will China play in developing, shaping, and responding to new strategies for enhancing regional energy security?
  • How can the United States and Japan work more closely with other states in the Asia-Pacific to strengthen Gulf stability and secure the transport of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG)?
  • What are the likely requirements for the United States, Japan, and other states in Asia to achieve their common goals?

Activities will inform and strengthen the program’s policy recommendations on how to enhance energy security in the Asia-Pacific in light of major shifts in world energy markets and geopolitics. Interested scholars, institutions, and other partners should kindly contact Clara Gillispie at or (202) 347-9767 for more information.


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

More Information

For more information, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Assistant Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA)

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.

For more information, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Assistant Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA)