Engaging Asia 2015: Pacific Power

U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in Asia

On September 30, NBR hosted Engaging Asia 2015, a public discussion on how Congress should approach U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific over the coming year. Engaging Asia 2015 convened members of Congress, diplomats, senior congressional staff, and leading scholars to provide high-level analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement in the region. The event was followed by hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail reception.

Engaging Asia 2015, the seventh annual conference in the Engaging Asia series, highlighted:

  • complications over aggressive island building in the South China Sea and the implications for China‚Äôs neighbors,
  • the future of economic partnerships beyond the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and
  • the importance of congressional leadership in strengthening the U.S. rebalance to Asia.



Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

PANEL ONE: Island Building in the South China Sea: Developing a Robust Engagement Strategy


Congressman Paul Ryan

PANEL TWO: Economic Partnerships in the Asia-Pacific Beyond the TPP


Congressman Matt Salmon


Speakers included:

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee

Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore

Representative Lyushun Shen, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

Ozge Guzelsu (comments off-the-record), Senate Armed Services Committee

Carolyn Leddy (comments off-the-record), Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Michael Schiffer (comments off-the-record), Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Roy Kamphausen, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Nadege Rolland, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Event Sponsor

Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)