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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:

nbrDC@nbr.org +1.202.347.9767


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.

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.

ENGAGING ASIA 2017
The Role of Congress in Managing U.S. Alliances

On March 29, NBR hosted Engaging Asia 2017, a public discussion on Capitol Hill on how the 115th Congress should approach U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific. Ambassador James P. Zumwalt delivered opening remarks. Plenary speakers included Congressman Rick Larsen, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, and Congressman Ted Yoho. A panel discussion featured Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Remus Chen (TECRO), Meredith Miller (Albright Stonebridge Group), and Roy Kamphausen (NBR).



BRIEFINGS FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF


Reading the Tea Leaves: What to Expect from Trump's First Asia Visit


On November 9, 2017, NBR and the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association (FACSA) held a timely, informational briefing regarding the ongoing visit by President Donald Trump to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.


A New Era in U.S.-Korea Relations? What to Expect from the Trump-Moon Summit


On June 26, 2017, NBR and the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association (FACSA) held a timely, informational briefing regarding the upcoming June 29-30 meeting between President Donald Trump and President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).


Sino-U.S. Trade and China’s Belt and Road Initiative


On June 15, 2017, a briefing on Sino-U.S. Trade and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, hosted by NBR and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) in conjunction with the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group.


Change and Continuity: South Korean Elections and the Future of U.S.–Korean Peninsula Relations


On March 24, 2017, NBR hosted a staff briefing on Change and Continuity: South Korean Elections and the Future of U.S.–Korean Peninsula Relations at Rayburn House Office Building.


Decoding the Trump-Xi Summit: Winners and Losers


On April 18, 2017, a congressional staff briefing on "Decoding the Trump-Xi Summit: Winners and Losers" was hosted by NBR and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) in conjunction with the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group.


U.S.-China-Korea Dynamics: Crafting Policies in the Moonshine Period


On May 24, 2017, a congressional staff briefing on "U.S.-China-Korea Dynamics: Crafting Policies in the Moonshine Period" was hosted by NBR and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) in conjunction with the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group at Rayburn House Office Building.


U.S.-China Trade and Economic Relations


On February 22, 2017, a congressional staff briefing held at Rayburn House Office Building on U.S.-China Trade and Economic Relations was hosted by NBR and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) in conjunction with the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group.


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


On January 11, 2017, a congressional 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.


RECENT CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY


China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech: Computing, Robotics, and Biotechnology

Testimony by NBR Senior Associate Shobert before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (March 16, 2017)


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 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 interviews with and commentary by 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 Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and John Cornyn (R-TX), these dinners provide an off-the-record venue for Senate chiefs to engage with experts on critical foreign policy issues. Experts have 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.