2011 Energy Security Conference

On May 4, 2011, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-hosted NBR’s seventh annual Energy Security Conference, “Asia’s Rising Energy and Resource Nationalism: Implications for the United States, China, and the Asia-Pacific Region,” in Washington, D.C.

Energy and resource security have become critical strategic issues in Asia as energy demand and import dependence rise rapidly. Regional powers, most importantly China, have responded with nationalist and mercantilist strategies to secure control over energy and commodity supplies. This zero-sum atmosphere is feeding geopolitical rivalries among China, the United States, Japan, India, and Korea. The United States has a major stake in preventing competition over energy and commodities from fueling regional strategic distrust and conflict.

Conference discussions focused on national oil and gas acquisition strategies, the connection between energy and control of the sea lanes, the impact of Asian national oil companies on the oil industry competitive landscape, and the emergence of rare earth minerals as an arena for national competition.

This flagship event of NBR’s Energy Security Program is part of an ongoing initiative that seeks
to bridge the gap between policymakers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders concerned with the future of Asian energy markets.

Speakers and Discussants

Robert Cekuta, Department of State

Edward Chow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Bernard Cole, National Defense University

Gabriel Collins, China SignPost

Clint Cox, The Anchor House

Yufan Hao, University of Macau

Llewelyn Hughes, The George Washington University

Mikkal Herberg, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Bo Kong, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Ken Koyama, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)

Tanvi Madan, University of Texas at Austin

James Manicom, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Jane Nakano, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Wang Zhen, University of Virginia, China University of Petroleum at Beijing

Robert Cekuta

Robert Cekuta

Llewelyn Hughes

Llewelyn Hughes

Tanvi Madan

 Gabriel Collins

Gabriel Collins

Bernard Cole

Bernard Cole

James Manicom

James Manicom

Jane Nakano and Yufan Hao

Ken Koyama and Jane Nakano

Edward Chow, Mikkal Herberg, and Wang Zhen


Agenda and Speaker Bios

Conference Agenda | Speaker Biographies


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