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The National Asia Research Program

Asia’s resurgence is a turning point in world history. In the decades ahead, many of our country’s greatest interests overseas—opportunities as well as challenges—will be in Asia. Accordingly, America must be better prepared to understand the implications of developments in Asia for our nation’s economic vitality, diplomacy, natural environment, and security concerns.

The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars therefore partnered to organize The National Asia Research Program (NARP), a major research and conference program designed to reinvigorate and advance the policy-relevant study of contemporary Asia.

At the core of the National Asia Research Program is a class of Research Associates and Research Fellows who were selected through a competitive, nationwide selection process. These scholars were chosen based on their research into issues of strategic importance to U.S. interests in Asia. NBR and the Wilson Center supported the research of these Associates and Fellows during their two-year terms and worked to bring their research issues to the attention of U.S. policymakers, through publications, the flagship Asia Policy Assembly, regional conferences, and policy briefings.


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NARP Publications

The National Asia Research Program provides Research Associates and Fellows with opportunities to publish their policy-relevant research in signature NBR and Wilson Center publications. View and download recent NARP publications.

National Asia Research Associates and Fellows

Learn more about our National Asia Research Associates and Fellows and their policy-relevant research.

NARP Symposia and Events

National Asia Research Program events include the inaugural Asia Policy Assembly, the Robert Scalapino Symposium, and policy briefings. Learn more.

Dr. Robert A. Scalapino

(October 19, 1919–November 1, 2011)

Read a letter of tribute to Dr. Robert Scalapino, a longtime member of NBR’s Advisory Board and the “Dean” of Asian studies in the United States.