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Adapting to a New Energy Era


Core Project Team



Principal Investigator
Mikkal E. Herberg
Research Director, Energy Security Program



Lead U.S. Energy Policy Advisor
Meredith Miller
Senior Vice President of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs & Outreach; Director, Washington, D.C., Office



Research & Outreach
Clara Gillispie
Assistant Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs

A New Strategy for U.S., Japanese, and Asian Energy Security


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, while China, Japan, and the rest of Asia have emerged as major importers of oil and natural gas from the Persian Gulf.

As the United States continues its rebalancing to Asia, broad changes in both energy markets and global strategic priorities suggest that there is an urgent need for the United States and Asia to revamp their energy security strategies and approaches to stabilizing the Gulf.


Project Activities

Through a range of activities—including field research, commissioned papers, workshops, and dialogues with key stakeholders—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 can craft stronger diplomatic, strategic, and economic tools to support common energy security interests. Year two of this initiative (2014-15) will feature activities in Tokyo, Japan, Beijing, China, and Washington, D.C.


Project Brochure

For a printable overview of the initiative, download the Adapting to a New Energy Era overview.


Project Sponsor

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


Contact

For more information, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA)
+1.202.347.9767
eta@nbr.org

NBR Special Report on U.S., Japanese, and Asian Energy Security

Mikkal E. Herberg (NBR) examines major developments that are reshaping the Asia-Pacific’s energy security environment and offers recommendations for how the region can forge a new, more robust energy security architecture.

What Role Will China Play in a New Energy Era?

Senior energy and geopolitical specialists examined China’s growing impact on world energy markets and strategies for engagement at a workshop held in Beijing. Read the workshop report.

Engaging the Opportunity of a New Energy Era

Senior energy and geopolitical specialists examined how the Asia-Pacific might strengthen regional cooperation on common energy challenges at a workshop held in Tokyo. Read the workshop report.

Adapting to a New Energy Era

On February 24, NBR convened a Capitol Hill event exploring how the Asia-Pacific can work toward a more collaborative strategy for enhancing global oil and gas security. Featured speakers included Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (U.S. House of Representatives), Minister Yasushi Akahoshi (Embassy of Japan in the United States), and Mikkal Herberg (NBR).

Beijing Workshop - October 2014

On October 23, NBR and CICIR convened an invitation-only workshop in Beijing, China to examine new opportunities for strengthening energy cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. This high-level event featured discussions with Chen Weidong (CNOOC Energy Economics Institute), Edward C. Chow (CSIS), Eric V. Thompson (Center for Naval Analyses), Akio Takahara (University of Tokyo), and Zhao Hongtu (CICIR), among others.

NBR Special Report: Adapting to a New Energy Era

Soaring Asian energy demand and declining North American import needs have fundamentally altered the markets for oil and gas, with nearly all of the Middle East’s supplies now directed to Asia. In this NBR Special Report, four leading specialists examine these trends and draw implications for the Asia-Pacific.

New Outlooks for Asian Energy Security

Senior energy and geostrategic experts offer insights into the shifting fulcrum of global energy trade, discuss the United States’ and Asia’s evolving strategic engagement in the Middle East, and suggest policy recommendations for how to strengthen energy security in the Asia-Pacific.

Tokyo Event: "Strengthening U.S.-Japan Ties" featuring Admiral Dennis C. Blair and Hon. Taro Kono

On February 13, NBR and USJI hosted a public discussion on "Strengthening U.S.-Japan Ties." This on-the-record event featured remarks by senior energy and geopolitical experts, including Admiral Dennis C. Blair, U.S. Navy (ret.) (Board of Directors, NBR) and the Honorable Taro Kono (House of Representatives, Japan. Learn more.

Tokyo Workshop - February 2014

On February 12, NBR convened an invitation-only workshop in Tokyo, Japan, on “Adapting to a New Energy Era.” This high-level event featured discussions with Admiral Dennis C. Blair (Board of Directors, NBR), the Honorable Tsuyoshi Shiina (House of Representatives, Japan), Mikkal E. Herberg (NBR), and James Kim (Asan Institute for Policy Studies), among others. Learn more.

Washington, D.C. Workshop – December 2013

On December 11, NBR hosted an invitation-only workshop exploring how the United States and Asia can work together to develop new, more collaborative regional energy security strategies and approaches to stabilizing the Gulf. The event featuring remarks by Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young (Republic of Korea) and Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (House of Representatives, United States), among others. Learn more.

Japan Research Fellows

Energy security is an emerging yet rapidly evolving field, with significant, long-term implications for the geopolitical, economic, and environmental health for the Asia-Pacific. With this in mind, this initiative includes an explicit effort to engage young Japanese researchers whose research will play a vital role in informing and shaping a new generation of energy policy research in the region. Learn more.

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, including convening small-group sessions and roundtables designed to bring together senior representatives from industry, policy, and research. Learn more.