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Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy

NBR has launched a new center to craft a comprehensive, 21st-century U.S. economic and trade strategy for the Indo-Pacific. The Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy aims to strengthen job growth, innovation, security, and competitiveness while expanding United States’ international leadership and informing how economic policy should be integrated into U.S. diplomacy.


The Center will convene leading experts to develop a forward-looking U.S. economic and trade strategy that leverages the strengths of the United States and expands U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific. The Center’s research will inform economic statecraft and explore how it can be integrated into U.S. diplomacy.

Crafting U.S. Economic Strategy in the Indo-Pacific Region

The Center is charting a positive vision for U.S. trade, investment, and leadership in the fastest-growing economic region and assessing risks in a new global environment. The Center will:

  • Analyze the Sino-U.S. economic relationship and Chinese economic policies; map and examine China’s Belt and Road Initiative projects and understand potential outcomes of the digital belt and road; craft a U.S. economic strategy toward China.
  • Develop recommendations for U.S. trade and investment strategy toward key economies in the Indo-Pacific. Based on hard analysis, measure the costs of U.S. disengagement and identify opportunities to move forward.
  • Evaluate and advance priorities to unleash the potential of digital trade; strengthen the digital trade framework, considering privacy concerns and cybersecurity.

Spurring U.S. Innovation

U.S. innovation, prosperity, and security rest on the United States’ ability to protect its intellectual property. The Center will:

  • Create tools and establish dialogue to advance new strategies to protect trade secrets.
  • Work with partners in Europe and Asia to share best practices and end ongoing loss of intellectual property.
  • Continue the research of the IP Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property to inform the administration on the loss of intellectual property and recommend courses of action.


For more information, please contact:

Ashley Dutta
Senior Director,
Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy

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