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Political and Security Affairs (PSA)

About Political and Security Affairs

Expert Profiles

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

Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies

Ashley Tellis
Senior Advisor
Director, Strategic Asia Program

Nicholas Eberstadt
Senior Advisor

John S. Park
Senior Advisor, Political and Security Affairs

Mahin Karim
Senior Associate, South Asia

Nadège Rolland
Senior Project Director

NBR’s Political and Security Affairs (PSA) group hosts innovative research initiatives focused on the political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific that are of critical importance to the United States.

PSA assembles project teams from NBR’s extensive network of Asia specialists and international relations experts from across the United States and around the world. This flexible approach produces research that directly informs key leaders in all branches of the U.S. government as well as within the academic and corporate communities. NBR leadership interacts with key policymakers on a regular basis to ensure that PSA initiatives address today’s and tomorrow’s pressing issues.

PSA’s research is conducted through the following major programs:

Strategic Asia

The Asia-Pacific is quickly emerging as the geopolitical center of gravity. The vast majority of the history of the 21st century will be written in this region, and NBR’s signature annual publication—Strategic Asia—provides insightful, actionable analysis on the most challenging issues confronting the region today and in the years to come.

The John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies

Named in memory of the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former member of NBR’s Board of Directors, the John M. Shalikashvili Chair drives research and hosts events designed to explore the national security issues that the United States will confront in the Asia-Pacific. The Chair is currently held by former commander of U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Thomas Fargo (Ret.).

China Security Studies

The rapid modernization of China’s military capabilities is already driving changes in regional power balances and the strategies, postures, and investments of militaries throughout the Asia-Pacific. PSA conducts several annual, invitation-only conferences on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), each of which results in the publication of in-depth analysis on a specific theme.

Space, Cyberspace, and Strategic Stability in the Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific’s increasing geopolitical importance and military significance is well recognized. Less understood, however, is how emerging, novel capabilities in space and cyberspace affect regional stability. This two-year project will examine emerging dynamics in space and cyberspace and their effects on strategic stability in the Asia-Pacific.

U.S.-China Relations in Strategic Domains

This joint project between NBR, the Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange, and the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, both at Peking University, seeks to produce a forthright examination of the challenges in establishing greater trust and cooperation in U.S.-China relations in strategic domains and bilateral exchanges.

Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future

NBR is working with leading experts in the United States and in Asia to study the complexities of Asia’s nuclear environment. This project will inform a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the complex dynamics influencing the Asia-Pacific’s current and future nuclear environment and their implications for U.S. strategy.

Mapping Pakistan’s Internal Dynamics: Implications for State Stability and Regional Security

Pakistan's geographic position at the nexus of the Middle East and Asia, its nuclear stockpile, and the strength and determination of its domestic extremist groups make the country’s future course a top geopolitical interest for the United States and the broader Asia-Pacific region. This project analyzes Pakistan’s internal security landscape and external geopolitical environment, in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF).

Strategic Assistance: Disaster Relief and Asia-Pacific Stability

It is time for the United States and Japan to make cooperation on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) a core element of their alliance. This project—a collaborative initiative between NBR and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)—will highlight the importance of HA/DR in mitigating the severe impacts of natural disasters and other calamitous events in Asia, as well as explore how close cooperation on HA/DR, or “strategic assistance,” can strengthen intra-regional relations.

Asia Policy

Asia Policy is NBR’s biannual, peer-reviewed journal. Presenting policy-relevant academic research on the Asia-Pacific, Asia Policy draws clear and concise conclusions and relevant policy implications. Each issue can be accessed online free of charge for the first 60 days after publication.

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 regional security, political, and economic dynamics.


For more information on NBR's Political and Security Affairs, please contact:

Roy Kamphausen
Senior Vice President for Research

Tiffany Ma
Director, Political and Security Affairs

"I share NBR’s conviction that facts and ideas matter in the public realm. NBR’s research helps us understand the world, and make decisions within it. For the publications you produce, and the meetings you convene, Scoop Jackson would have been proud of your impact."

Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense

Strategic Asia 2014-15 Book Launch Video

On Tuesday, December 2, NBR hosted a public launch event for the 2014–15 Strategic Asia volume, U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power. Evan Medeiros, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, provided keynote remarks, while members of the 2014–15 Strategic Asia Research Team presented findings on the trajectories of U.S. alliance and partner relationships in the Asia-Pacific. The event also featured a panel discussion with ambassadors from the region and U.S. experts on Asia.

Learn about Strategic Asia 2014–15.