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Engaging Asia 2015

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


Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Opening Keynote)

PANEL | Island Building in the South China Sea: Developing a Robust Engagement Strategy

Congressman Paul Ryan

PANEL | Economic Partnerships in the Asia-Pacific Beyond the TPP

Congressman Matt Salmon
(Closing Remarks)

On September 30, NBR hosted Engaging Asia 2015, a public discussion on how Congress should approach U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific over the coming year. Engaging Asia 2015 convened members of Congress, diplomats, senior congressional staff, and leading scholars to provide high-level analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement in the region. The event was followed by hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail reception.

Engaging Asia 2015, the 7th annual conference in the Engaging Asia series, highlighted:

  • complications over aggressive island building in the South China Sea and the implications for China’s neighbors,
  • the future of economic partnerships beyond the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and
  • the importance of congressional leadership in strengthening the U.S. rebalance to Asia.

Event Sponsor

Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Background: 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.

Speakers included:

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee

Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ)
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore

Representative Lyushun Shen
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

Ozge Guzelsu (comments off-the-record)
Senate Armed Services Committee

Carolyn Leddy (comments off-the-record)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Michael Schiffer (comments off-the-record)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Roy Kamphausen
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Nadege Rolland
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Event Photos

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)

For more information, contact:

Dan Aum
Associate Director for Government and Media Relations