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NBR on Capitol Hill

NBR engages in a demand-driven approach to reach out to Congress and cultivate relationships on both sides of the aisle.

We work with congressional offices and staff to provide tailored briefings and consultations with our network of experts, partner on educational programming with congressional study groups and caucuses, generate high-profile speaking opportunities for members of Congress, and integrate NBR’s research agenda with legislative needs.

To request one-on-one or group briefings, research assistance, or free access to all NBR publications with a .gov email address, please contact: +1.202.347.9767

Building on Senator Jackson's Legacy

NBR’s origins date back to Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, who identified the urgent need for an institution that would tap the best Asia expertise to inform and strengthen policy decisions on issues affecting U.S. interests in the region. Building on Senator Jackson's legacy, NBR engages in a demand-driven approach to reach out to Congress and cultivate relationships on both sides of the aisle. Through sustained interaction in high-trust, nonpartisan settings, NBR is a go-to resource for policymakers needing reliable and useful Asia expertise.

We would like to express our deep gratitude for the partnerships and counsel given by many Members of Congress who served on the Board of Advisors over the years, dating back to the founding of NBR.

Past Events on Capitol Hill

For summaries and multimedia from all past events, see: Events Archive.

The First 100 Days: U.S.-China Relations in the Trump Administration

On January 11, 2016, a staff briefing held at Rayburn House Office Building on The First 100 Days: U.S.-China Relations in the Trump Administration was hosted by NBR and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) in conjunction with the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group.

The incoming administration of Donald Trump has signaled potential shifts in policy for the U.S. relationship with China. An understanding of China's economic, security, and developmental goals is crucial in crafting informed U.S. policy that engages China in the context of the broader geopolitical considerations. China will also adjust its policies to predict and react to the new administration. This briefing provided staffers with an overview of major issues in the U.S.-China relationship and outline the factors and contours that will shape U.S.-China relations in the first 100 days of the Trump administration.


Erin Ennis
Senior Vice President, U.S.-China Business Council

Susan V. Lawrence
Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service

Nadège Rolland
Senior Fellow, Political and Security Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Sarah Thorn
Senior Director, Global Government Affairs, Walmart


Tiffany Ma
Senior Director, Political and Security Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research

This briefing is supported in part by the generous contribution of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

Engaging Asia 2015: Pacific Power: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in Asia

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) at a September 2015 event on Capitol Hill.

House speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at a September 2015 event on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) at a September 2015 event on Capitol Hill.

Kapil Sharma (Wipro LLC), Clara Gillispie (NBR), Mark Brunner (Office of Senator Mark Warner D-VA; Senate India Caucus), and Ichiro Abe (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan; Japan External Trade Organization, New Delhi) analyze India’s IP and innovation policies at a March 2015 event on Capitol Hill.

Li Bin (Embassy of the People’s Republic of China) and Mikkal Herberg (NBR) discuss how China is reshaping its energy mix at a November 2014 Capitol Hill event.

Congressional Initiatives

Senate India Caucus

The Senate India Caucus is a bipartisan coalition that collaborates with Indian government officials and the Indian-American community to support U.S.-India relations. The caucus was founded in 2004 by Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) and Senator Hillary Clinton (D–NY). In 2004, the Senate India Caucus was the upper chamber’s only country-specific caucus, and with forty members, it is still the largest country-specific caucus. Today, Senator Cornyn and Senator Mark Warner (D–VA) serve as co-chairs. NBR has worked with the caucus since its founding, organizing briefings and publishing monthly interviews with experts on India-U.S. relations.

U.S.-China Working Group

The U.S.-China Working Group seeks to strengthen U.S. dialogue with China. The group hosts monthly briefings to hear from key business, academic, and political leaders about U.S.-China issues ranging from trade and maritime security to energy cooperation. NBR has chaired the Academic Advisory Group for the Working Group since its founding in 2005. The House U.S.-China Working Group is co-chaired by Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Darin LaHood (R-IL). The Senate U.S.-China Working Group is co-chaired by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).

Senate Chiefs of Staff Foreign Affairs Study Group

NBR and the Council on Foreign Relations have co-organized exclusive, private dinner discussions for all Senate chiefs of staff since 2005. Co-convened by the chiefs to Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), these dinners provide an off-the-record venue for Senate chiefs to engage with experts on critical foreign policy issues. Experts in 2015 included former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, former Congressman Vin Weber, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, and deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams, and International Justice Mission Vice President Philip Langford.

Engaging Asia

Given the increasingly tremendous importance of the Asia-Pacific region on economic, political, and security issues, the role of Congress and academia in shaping U.S. foreign policy continues to grow. Engaging Asia is a comprehensive initiative that encourages integrated high-level discussion on Capitol Hill by convening experts to provide analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement with the region.

Strategic Asia

The Strategic Asia Program aims to strengthen and inform strategic and policy decisions by providing innovative research on challenges and opportunities for U.S. national interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

Congressional Testimony

Confronting the North Korea Threat: Reassessing Policy Options
Testimony by NBR Senior Advisor Nicholas Eberstadt before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (January 31, 2017)

Step or Stumble: The Obama Administration's Pivot to Asia
Testimony by NBR President Richard J. Ellings before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific (December 6, 2016)

Congressional Publications

NBR's commentary, interviews, fact sheets, and briefs are freely available for reading online and in PDF format. PDFs for all other publications are free with a .gov email address upon request.

Fact Sheets

Taiwan Electoral Politics

Fact Sheet: 2015 Taiwan-China Meeting

President Jokowi's Economic and Energy Reforms: A Year in Review

Fact Sheet: South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s Visit to the United States

NBR Voices: What You Should Know about President Park Geun-hye's Visit to the United States

NBR Fact Sheet: Japanese Prime Minister Abe's Visit to the United States

NBR Voices: What You Should Know about Abe's Visit

Related Commentary and Q&As

What Role Will China Play in a New Energy Era?

U.S., Japanese, and Asian Energy Security in a New Energy Era

U.S.-China Relations in Strategic Domains

Indonesia: A Regional Energy Leader in Transition

The U.S. Response to China’s Military Modernization

Global Regional Perspectives on Trends in Global Oil Markets

Global Perspectives on the Continuing Evolution of India’s IP Policy

Malaysia’s ASEAN Chairmanship: Furthering Regional Economic Integration

Cyber Cooperation in Northeast Asia

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Mediating Historic Distrust

Looking East Amid a Crisis to the West: Russia’s Energy Export Strategies

Senate India Caucus Series

India in the Middle East

Building India-U.S. Relations: A Partnership for the 21st Century

Understanding the Competitiveness of India’s States

India’s Accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

One Year On: Modi's Regional Foreign Relations

China and Indo-U.S. Relations: An Emerging Triangle?

India’s IP Regime: Renewed Reform Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

India's 2015-16 Budget: Targeted Reforms to Promote Investment

Indian Politics and the U.S.-India Strategic Relationship

India, Pakistan, and the Same Old Problems

President Obama’s Visit to India: Beyond Symbolism

Other Related Publications

15 for 2015: Forecasts for the Asia-Pacific

Innovate in India: Global Perspectives on the Continuing Evolution of India’s IP Policy

Whose Pacific Century? The 113th Congress and Asia

Aftershock: The 112th Congress and Post-Crisis Asia