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NBR's research agenda addresses the key challenges facing the United States in the Asia-Pacific. This document summarizes eleven issues to watch in 2014.

Our worldwide network of experts will be investigating and producing analysis on these topics over the coming year. Each section concisely describes the dynamics of a given issue and explains its significance for the region and the United States.

Read the 2014 Asia-Pacific Watch List.

NBR is dedicated to informing and strengthening policy across the full spectrum of critical issues facing Asia, 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 for an ongoing examination of trends and developments in the region. Through a variety of publication platforms, including NBR's flagship annual volume Strategic Asia, the peer reviewed journal Asia Policy, and the NBR Analysis series, as well as through conferences and private briefings, 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.


Innovative, forward-looking policy research on a range of Asian political security issues, with a particular focus on:


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. NBR examines these issues by drawing on a global network of a specialists to convene high-level dialogues and to conduct innovative research that results in actionable policy recommendations.

Core initiatives include:


Founded in 2004, the Center for Health and Aging tackles a wide variety of projects and initiatives, including founding and organizing the Pacific Health Summit between 2005 and 2012. In addition to the Summit, CHA has also organized major meetings in Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, London, and Washington, D.C. and has served a unique role in bringing together leaders from science, industry, medicine, public health, and government to focus on the world’s most important health challenges. In conjunction with its role as a "trusted convener," CHA has built a library of case studies, Q&As, Interviews, reports, white papers, and briefing documents that have informed crucial discussions among the world’s leaders in both the public and private sectors.


The Slade Gorton International Policy Center will be the living legacy of Senator Gorton’s extraordinary contributions to the Nation and Washington State. The Gorton Center will have three research priorities. First, the Gorton Center will incorporate and build on ongoing NBR initiatives to sponsor research in economics and trade, energy security, energy and the environment, and other important issues. Second, the Gorton Center will build on NBR’s robust program of terrorism-related studies and leverage Slade’s work as the first permanently appointed member of the 9/11 Commission to address how the United States is organized to meet the difficult intelligence questions of our time. Third, the Gorton Center will embark on a new initiative in keeping with Senator Gorton’s—and Senator Scoop Jackson’s—passion for encouraging the pursuit of freedom, democracy, security, and prosperity throughout the world. Underscoring the proposition that open societies, rule of law, and vigilant defense are essential to a peaceful, just, and prosperous future, the Gorton Center will seek to understand the nexus of freedom and security in an Asian context.

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