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Kenneth B. and Anne H.H. Pyle Center For Northeast Asian Studies

Named in honor of NBR’s founding president and his wife, the Pyle Center conducts research on Northeast Asia to advance the comprehensive study of the region, particularly as it pertains to its security, political, and economic dynamics. Center projects are forward-looking, analyzing topics of importance for the medium- and long-term future of the region and generating new knowledge about the deep forces and processes driving and reshaping Northeast Asia. These projects seek to bridge the often deep fissures that divide academics and policymakers concerned with the region. The activities below highlight Pyle Center and other NBR events and publications related to Northeast Asia.


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Roundtable: Japan and the Retreat of the American World Order

On December 5, 2017, the Kenneth B. and Anne H.H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asia Studies hosted a private roundtable discussion in Seattle attended by a select group of scholars, business leaders, diplomats, and military officers.

Roundtable: The Foundations of U.S.-Taiwan Relations

The Pyle Center hosted a private roundtable discussion in Seattle on May 4, 2017, with Ambassador Stanley Kao, Taiwan’s representative to the United States. Amb. Kao spoke about the foundations and evolution of U.S.-Taiwan relations, Taiwan’s role in the international political system, and Taiwan-China relations.

U.S.-ROK 123 Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Exploring the Road Ahead

An April 4, 2017 presentation on the future of the U.S.-South Korea Nuclear Cooperation Agreement and its impact on nonproliferation in Northeast Asia featured keynote speaker Thomas M. Countryman (former United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation) and a Q&A session moderated by John Park (Harvard University).

U.S.-ROK-Japan Pacific Trilateralism Workshop Summary

In March 2017 the U.S.-ROK-Japan Pacific Trilateralism project cochairs convened workshops in Seoul and Tokyo on four broad categories: regional security threats, trilateral energy security cooperation, nontraditional security, and emerging domains. Read a summary of the discussions and recommendations.

China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and Its Impacts on the International Order

On February 27, 2017, the Pyle Center convened a select group of academic, government, and business leaders to discuss the strategic implications of China's "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) initiative for U.S. and Japanese interests in Eurasia.

U.S.-ROK Dialogue on Korean Unification and Regional Security

The U.S.-ROK Dialogue on Korean Unification and Regional Security is an annual conference convened by The National Bureau of Asian Research in partnership with the Korea Institute for National Unification involving government, academic, and private-sector participants from the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Twenty-Five Years of U.S.-Japan Relations: Baseball, Bashing, and Bilateral Cooperation

At a seminar held at NBR’s offices in Seattle on May 12, 2016, Sasakawa USA and the National Bureau of Asian Research looked back on the past 25 years of the U.S.-Japan relationship with an emphasis on the unlikely role of the Seattle Mariners. Senator Gorton spoke at the seminar, which took place after events at the Mariners baseball stadium earlier in the day.

U.S.-China Relations: From Strategic Domains to the International System

On April 19, 2016, leading experts, including former U.S. and Chinese officials, addressed the potential for conflict and cooperation between the United States and China on critical issues in bilateral relations and international governance. Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III (ret.), former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, delivered the keynote address. Learn more.

Read a Book Review Roundtable on Kenneth B. Pyle’s book Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose and Richard J. Samuels’ Securing Japan: Tokyo's Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia from the July 2007 issue of Asia Policy.

Pyle Center Board of Counselors

Michael A. Armacost
Stanford University

Richard J. Ellings
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Aaron L. Friedberg (Board Chairman)
Princeton University

Francis Fukuyama
Johns Hopkins University (SAIS)

Chae-Jin Lee
Claremont McKenna College

Kenneth Lieberthal
University of Michigan

Dwight A. Perkins
Harvard University

Kenneth B. Pyle
University of Washington and The National Bureau of Asian Research

Stephen P. Rosen
Harvard University

Richard J. Samuels
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stephen Sestanovich
Council on Foreign Relations

Pyle Center Gala

In 2006 NBR formally established the Kenneth B. and Anne H.H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies. Learn more about the Pyle Center Gala.

Japan Foundation Award

Professor Pyle was presented the Japan Foundation Special Prize for Japanese Studies in ceremonies that included an audience with the Emperor and Empress of Japan in October 2008. Learn more about the award.

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