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Roy Kamphausen
Senior Vice President for Research; Director of the Washington, D.C. office

Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., MD

Mikkal E. Herberg
Research Director, Energy Security Program

Se Hyun Ahn
Senior Advisor

Meredith Miller
Senior Advisor

Clara Gillispie
Senior Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs

Ashley Dutta

Senior Director,
Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy

Laura Schwartz
Associate, Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs

Andy Nguyen
Senior Project Manager, Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs

Benjamin Shobert
Senior Associate for International Health

Ashley Johnson
Project Manager

The mission of the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group is to foster collaborative solutions to common challenges facing the United States and Asia in these arenas. Guided by an in-house research team and a select group of senior advisors, TEEA’s research focuses on three broad areas: energy security and policy; energy and the environment; and trade, investment, and economic engagement.

Employing a “network of experts” model, TEEA collaborates with a broad range of U.S. and Asian specialists from industry, academia, and government to conduct innovative research and convene high-level dialogues that result in actionable policy recommendations. Our experts share insights through a number of channels, including workshops and conferences, publications, commentaries, and corporate and policy briefings. Through these efforts, TEEA helps to bridge the gap between industry and policy.

TEEA’s research includes the following programs:

Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy

The mission of the Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy (CITS) is to invigorate the U.S. economy through smart trade that spurs innovation, creates jobs, increases competitiveness, and strengthens U.S. security and diplomatic relations by informing and empowering decision-makers in government, business, and the wider policy milieu.

Pacific Energy Summit

The Summit series aims to foster economic and energy security in the Asia-Pacific by developing practical solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and global climate change. The flagship event of this effort is the annual, invitation-only Summit, which convenes approximately 150 global leaders to articulate regional energy needs and opportunities.

Energy Security Program

This initiative convenes senior policy and industry leaders and Asia energy specialists to engage in high-level discussions of Asia’s energy policies and their implications for geopolitics. Experts share insights and recommendations through a number of channels, including an invitation-only spring workshop, NBR’s annual Energy Security Report, and a public fall launch event.

Adapting to a New Energy Era

An unexpected boom in U.S. and Canadian production of shale gas, tight oil has accelerated an already steady decline in U.S. imports of Middle East oil and gas, while China, Japan, and the rest of Asia have emerged as major importers of oil and natural gas from the Persian Gulf. With this in mind, this initiative aims to provide in-depth and academically rigorous research into how the United States, Japan, and other countries can craft stronger diplomatic, strategic, and economic tools to support common energy security interests.

Pacific Energy Forum

The Forum is an invitation-only event that convenes high-level representatives from policy, industry, and research from around the Asia-Pacific in order to facilitate interactive, frank discussion on pressing energy and environmental issues.

Myanmar’s Growing Regional Role

This multi-year project brings together top experts from the United States, Myanmar, and the Asia-Pacific to explore the challenges and opportunities posed by Myanmar’s regional re-emergence and its ongoing political and economic reforms. It seeks to develop a comprehensive framework for the future of Myanmar’s engagement with partners in the region.

India’s IP and Innovation Policies

India has emerged as a major economic power, and seeks to strengthen its role in and ties to the global economy while stimulating domestic growth. At the same time, international stakeholders are looking to India as a potential partner in development yet have concerns about the trajectory of India’s IP and industrial policymaking and its impact on fostering robust global markets. With this in mind, this initiative seeks to examine India’s IP and innovation policies and highlight recommendations for strengthening public policy in the United States, India, and globally.

The Globalization of China’s Life Science Sector

Over the past decade, China’s influence in the global life science sector has expanded significantly. China now has numerous life science companies that serve its domestic market, providing greater access to medical products and facilitating the development of the country’s first WHO-prequalified vaccine. These advances have paved the way for China’s pharmaceutical companies to make critical innovations available internationally. At the same time, government policies to bolster this sector represent a departure from international norms, with strong implications for the entire system of market- and rules-based globalization. With these concerns in mind, this initiative examines China’s evolving life sciences sector and the implications for innovation and international harmonization around drug approvals, clinical trials, and market regulations. It also analyzes the broader impact that the evolution of China’s life science sector will have on U.S.-China relations.

China's Strategies on Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Standards, and Innovation

Since the mid-1990s, NBR has been at the forefront of analyzing and researching China’s IPR regime and industrial policies, including technology standards, innovation policy, and intellectual property protection. Drawing from a comprehensive network of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers, this program informs U.S. and Chinese leaders on policy implications through high-level briefings, workshops and conferences, and reports.

Engaging Asia

Given the growing importance of Asia to U.S. objectives overseas, it is vitally important for policymakers to understand the transformations underway in Asia and the implications for American strategic, economic, and diplomatic interests. To better inform these important debates, this initiative convenes government and academic experts from the United States and Asia to provide analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific.


For more information about NBR's Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs

"[NBR] does a terrific job at getting great people, with great ideas, and making it into a process of dialogue and interaction that leads to recommendations that are very useful in the policymaking process."

Robert D. Hormats, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

Current Initiatives

Pacific Energy Summit

Energy Security Program

Adapting to a New Energy Era

Pacific Energy Forum

Myanmar’s Growing Regional Role

India’s IP and Innovation Policies

China's Strategies on Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Standards, and Innovation

Engaging Asia

Initiatives Archive

BURMA/MYANMAR: Views from the Ground and the International Community

China Investment

Strengthening APEC's Innovation Agenda

Maritime Energy Resources in Asia (MERA)

Trade in Services

MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Initiative

Islamic Finance

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