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National Bureau of Asian Research

National Bureau of Asian Research

Website: http://www.nbr.org/


NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Drawing upon an extensive network of the world’s leading specialists and leveraging the latest technology, NBR bridges the academic, business, and policy arenas.

NBR disseminates its research through briefings, publications, conferences, Congressional testimony, and email forums, and by collaborating with leading institutions worldwide. NBR also provides exceptional internship opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students for the purposes of attracting and training the next generation of Asia specialists.

NBR’s Research

The National Bureau of Asian Research is committed to advanced independent research on issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Much of NBR’s research is undertaken by the world’s best specialists, working under contract on specific research projects. NBR develops research guidelines for these projects, but the specialists conduct independent research and reach independent conclusions, which are subject to peer review before publication.

Funding for NBR’s research comes from NBR itself, foundations, corporations, the U.S. Government, and individuals. NBR undertakes a small amount of contract work for public and private sector organizations, but always reserves the right to publish findings from such work. NBR does not undertake classified or proprietary research work.


The origins of The National Bureau of Asian Research date back to Senator Henry M. Jackson, who believed that an urgent need existed for an institution that could tap the nation’s best expertise to study Asia and Russia with U.S. national interests in mind. NBR was established in 1989 with major grants from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Boeing Company, and both institutions continue to provide critical core support for the organization to this day.

Senator Jackson’s legacy shapes NBR’s essential values: integrity, honesty, concern for people, loyalty, importance of foreign policy, integration of realism and idealism in foreign policy, importance of China and relations among the great powers, and the importance of bipartisanship in making policy.

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Adapting to a New Energy Era

Maximizing Potential Benefits for the Asia-Pacific

By Mikkal E. Herberg, Roy Kamphausen, Tsutomu Toichi, and Tom Cutler

Soaring Asian energy demand and declining North American import needs have fundamentally altered the flow of oil and gas supplies in international markets. Although Middle Eastern supplies remain the linchpin of global energy security, nearly all of the region’s oil and gas exports are now directed to Asia. In this NBR Special Report, four leading specialists examine these trends and draw implications for the Asia-Pacific.

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Asia Policy

Number 1 (2006) through current issue

Asia Policy is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to bridging the gap between academic research and policymaking on issues related to the Asia-Pacific. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research articles and policy essays, roundtables on policy-relevant topics and recent publications, and book review essays, as well as other occasional formats.

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Asia's Rising Energy and Resource Nationalism

Implications for the United States, China, and the Asia-Pacific Region

By Gabe Collins, Andrew S. Erickson, Yufan Hao, Mikkal E. Herberg, Llewelyn Hughes, Weihua Liu, and Jane Nakano

The 2011 Energy Security Report, "Asia’s Rising Energy and Resource Nationalism," overviews the dramatic developments taking place in Asian energy markets and their geopolitical implications. The report includes an examination of the connection between energy insecurity and control of major sea lanes, the impact of Asia’s national oil companies on the global industry, and the emergence of rare earth elements as an arena for national competition.

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Asia's Uncertain LNG Future

By Mikkal E. Herberg, Michael Bradshaw, Amy Myers Jaffe, Damien Ma, and Nikos Tsafos

Leading energy experts examine how and to what extent countries in the Asia-Pacific are integrating liquefied natural gas (LNG) into their energy-security strategies and analyze the key geopolitical implications for the United States and Asia.

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China's Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance

By Philip Andrews-Speed, Mikkal E. Herberg, Li Zhidong, and Benjamin A. Shobert

China has emerged as the world’s single largest energy consumer, and surging demand has not only dramatically reshaped world energy markets but also raised complex questions for stakeholders concerned with developments in China’s domestic energy infrastructure, environmental policy, and global energy diplomacy. In this NBR Special Report, four senior energy and geopolitical specialists examine major shifts underway in China’s energy security strategies and assess how the country is affecting market, geopolitical, and environmental outlooks for the Asia-Pacific more broadly.

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Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency in South Asia

Mumtaz Ahmad, Ehsan Ahrari, Vanda Felbab-Brown, Sumit Ganguly, Nazia Hussain, Thomas H. Johnson, Peter Mandaville, Agnieszka Paczynska, Dietrich Reetz, and Louise I. Shelley

This NBR Monograph examines the history of terrorism in South Asia, past attempts at counterterrorism cooperation, and challenges the facing regional cooperation and draws implications for U.S. policy in the region.

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Emerging Leaders in East Asia

The Next Generation of Political Leadership in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan

By J. Patrick Boyd, L. Gordon Flake, Cheng Li, Kenneth B. Pyle, Shelley Rigger, and Richard J. Samuels

Major powers in East Asia are undergoing important political leadership transitions. In China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, a new generation is emerging, equipped with unique experiences and backgrounds. Exploring how these future leaders are likely to respond to regional trends and anticipating their policy preferences as they assume increasingly important leadership positions is critical to a well-grounded understanding of Northeast Asia in the 21st century. This report represents the culmination of a year-long initiative launched by NBR to provide U.S. government and corporate leaders with a better understanding of East Asia’s future leadership. By examining the qualities and characteristics that define these rising leaders and distinguish them from their predecessors, the initiative explores the possible implications of their emerging influence for U.S. foreign, economic, and security policy interests.

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Indonesia: A Regional Energy Leader in Transition

By Natalie Bravo, Clara Gillispie, Mikkal E. Herberg, Hanan Nugroho, Alexandra Stuart, and Nikos Tsafos

Indonesia has traditionally been a leading energy supplier in the Asia-Pacific. The country's abundant resources have played a critical role in its economic growth, while contributing to higher levels of prosperity across Asia. However, rapidly rising domestic demand, ongoing subsidies, and declining production threaten Indonesia's energy security. In this NBR Special Report, senior specialists on energy and geopolitics examine the key energy and environmental security challenges facing Indonesia and explore strategies for promoting greater access to energy while stimulating sustainable sector investment.

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Intellectual Property and Technology Standards in China

Eric Altback, Scott Kennedy, Richard P. Suttmeier, Jun Su, Travis Tanner, and Xiangkui Yao

This NBR Monograph examines the evolution of China’s IP regime and draws implications for U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific.

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Islamic Education in Bangladesh and Pakistan

Trends in Tertiary Institutions

By Mumtaz Ahmad and Matthew J. Nelson

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, analysts and policymakers struggled to determine how South Asia had become "lost" to Islamist extremism and terrorism. A small—but vocal—group of Western-based academics suggested that the proliferation of madrasas, or Islamic schools, were at least in part to blame. The controversial debates sparked by these institutions led NBR in summer 2005 to launch a comprehensive three year survey of Islamic education in South Asia, to examine in depth the relationship between Islamic education and Islamist militancy in the region. This report represents the culmination of the third and final year of NBR’s South Asia Education Survey, which focused exclusively on trends in tertiary-level religious and secular education in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Research findings from these two countries continue to shed new light on the emerging socio-political landscape of Muslim South Asia, with critical implications for U.S. policy and security interests in the region.

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