NBR is dedicated to informing and strengthening Asia policy on issues ranging from security and politics to energy and global health. Using its "network-of experts" business model, NBR brings together the best scholars from around the world to examine trends and developments in the region.
Through conferences and private briefings, as well as through a variety of publications, including NBR's flagship annual volume Strategic Asia, the peer reviewed journal Asia Policy, NBR Reports, and the NBR Analysis, NBR makes available the best possible research to the global policymaking community.
The institution organizes its research around three broad topics: politics and security; trade, economics, and energy; and international health.
POLITICAL AND SECURITY AFFAIRS
Innovative, forward-looking policy research on a range of Asian political security issues, with a particular focus on:
TRADE, ECONOMIC, AND ENERGY AFFAIRS
Initiatives focused on a range of market and policy issues, including energy security and policy; energy and the environment; and trade, investment, and economic engagement.
Core initiatives include:
CENTER FOR HEALTH AND AGING
NBR’s work on health issues is the focus of the Center for Health and Aging, which from 2005 to 2012 organized the Pacific Health Summit, an annual Davos-level meeting bringing together global leaders from science, industry, and policy.
NBR is committed to leveraging research across the organization to provide creative insights on major policy issues. Several cross-cutting research centers and programs work within and across broad topics to accomplish this:
CENTER FOR TRADE, INNOVATION, AND STRATEGY
The mission of the Center for Trade, Innovation, and Strategy is to invigorate the U.S. economy through smart trade that spurs innovation, creates jobs, increases competitiveness, and strengthens U.S. security and diplomatic relations by informing and empowering decision-makers in government, business, and the wider policy milieu.
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 the region, particularly as it pertains to its security, political, and economic dynamics. Center projects are forward-looking, analyzing topics of importance for the medium- and long-term future of the region and generating new knowledge about the deep forces and processes driving and reshaping Northeast Asia.
JOHN M. SHALISKASHVILI CHAIR IN NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES
Named after the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a leader on NBR’s Board of Directors, NBR endowed the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies to advance the study of national security issues and address critical interests in Asia. The Chair provides a distinguished scholar or practitioner in the national security field with an opportunity to inform, strengthen, and shape the understanding of U.S. policymakers on critical current and long-term national security issues related to the Asia-Pacific. The Chair is currently held by Admiral Jonathan Greenert, U.S. Navy (ret.).
SLADE GORTON INTERNATIONAL POLICY CENTER
The Slade Gorton International Policy Center is the living legacy of Senator Gorton’s extraordinary contributions to the United States and Washington State. The Gorton Center incorporates and builds upon ongoing NBR initiatives to sponsor research in economics and trade, energy security, energy and the environment, terrorism, and national security. Additionally, the Gorton Center focuses on training and equipping the next generation of international leaders.