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Engaging Asia

Asia has long been critically important to U.S. strategic and economic interests. A rising India and China, Asia’s growing weight in the global economy, and persisting challenges to regional stability and security only enhance the Asia-Pacific importance.



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The Obama administration has recognized the region’s global role and has declared an intent to strategically refocus toward the Asia-Pacific, elevating a series of critical decisions for Congress on U.S. trade policy, economic, and defense, among other issues.

Given the growing importance of Asia to U.S. objectives overseas, it is vitally important for policymakers to understand the transformations underway in Asia and the implications for American strategic, economic, and diplomatic interests.

To better inform these important debates, the Engaging Asia initiative convenes government and academic experts from the United States and Asia to provide analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement with the region.

Engaging Asia 2014

NBR will host the seventh annual Engaging Asia conference in 2014. This half-day conference will feature high-level expert discussion on the developing political, economic, and strategic dimensions to U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific, with a focus on the role of Congress. Please check back for additional information.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Meredith Miller
Senior Vice President, Trade, Economic and Energy Affairs & Outreach and Director, Washington, D.C. office
202.347.9767 nbrDC@nbr.org

Engaging Asia 2013: How Will the 113th Congress Address the Rebalance toward Asia?

Engaging Asia 2013 provided high-level expert insight and discussion on congressional priorities that will shape the U.S. strategy in the region. Listen to remarks by Congressman Rick Larsen and Indonesia’s Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal and a panel discussion on the report “Whose Pacific Century? The 113th Congress and Asia.”

Whose Pacific Century? The 113th Congress and Asia

In this NBR Analysis report, Edward Gresser (Progressive Economy) and Daniel Twining (German Marshall Fund of the United States) examine the central issues in the Asia-Pacific confronting the 113th Congress and warn that disagreements over domestic policy could threaten vital U.S. interests in the region.

Engaging Asia 2012: Strategies for a Shift toward the Asia Pacific

Engaging Asia 2012 offered insights into the key security, trade, and diplomatic elements the United States must consider to sustain its focus on Asia. Listen to and two panel discussions and remarks from Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa on America’s intent to strategically rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific.

Does U.S. Pacific Policy Need a Trade Policy?

Setting the stage for the 2012 Engaging Asia conference, panelist Edward Gresser (ProgressiveEconomy) explores the arguments behind including a trade element in the U.S. shift toward the Asia-Pacific and asks whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the right foundation for such a policy.

Resourcing Our Asia-Pacific Defense Strategy

Setting the stage for the April 18, 2012, Engaging Asia conference, Congressman J. Randy Forbes outlines the potential impact of budget cuts on the U.S. defense posture in the Asia-Pacific and cautions the U.S. to remain vigilantly prepared and reassess both military and diplomatic strategies.

Engaging Asia 2011: The 112th Congress and Post-Crisis Asia

NBR hosted "Engaging Asia 2011: The 112th Congress and Post-Crisis Asia" on March 30, 2011. This half-day conference assembled high-level experts from government, military, diplomatic, and academic arenas to offer insights into the key challenges and opportunities for U.S. interests in the region.

Engaging Asia 2010: The Future of U.S. Leadership

"Engaging Asia: The Future of U.S. Leadership," held in September 2010, featured discussions by senior policy leaders and Asia specialists on the economic and strategic trends in the region and the implications for the development of effective U.S. policy. Learn more about event, watch event video, and read transcripts from the keynote presentations by Michèle Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary of State.

Shock of the New: Congress and Asia in 2009

This issue of the NBR Analysis overviews the many immediate challenges and opportunities related to the Asia-Pacific region the 111th Congress faces, while also suggesting a longer term strategic approach. Authors Edward Gresser and Daniel Twining argue that Congress can play a critical role in promoting policies that allow the United States to shape and lead an emerging Pacific century.

Engaging Asia 2009: Strategies for Success

Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg, Congressman Rick Larsen, Congressman Mark Kirk, and senior policy leaders and experts offered analysis of the economic and strategic trends in Asia. Access the audio and transcript of Deputy Secretary Steinberg's remarks at the April 2009 event.

Engaging Asia 2008: U.S. Strategic Interests, Priorities, and Policy Tools

In May 2008, NBR hosted "Engaging Asia: U.S. Strategic Interests, Priorities, and Policy Tools," bringing together senior policy leaders and experts to discuss the need for greater U.S. engagement with this increasingly vital region of the world.