About

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) helps decision-makers better understand Asia and craft concrete, actionable policy.

With power, risk, and opportunity concentrating in Asia, we tackle those critical issues that America’s leaders need to understand—because the decisions they make matter and the stakes are high. As the nation’s Asia policy think tank, we envision a future that is free, open, secure, and prosperous for all.

NBR is an independent research institution based in Seattle and Washington, D.C. We bring world-class scholarship to bear on the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and we invest in our future by training the next generation of Asia specialists.

Our Research

Our research is conducted by a global network of specialists and tackles critical issues identified by stakeholders in anticipation of future challenges. The findings are a result of independent scholarship and do not reflect institutional perspectives. Our rigorous standards facilitate informed decision-making based on knowledge rather than ideology.

Our History

Established in 1989, NBR is a legacy organization of Senator Henry M. Jackson, who foresaw the national need for an institution to study and inform public policy on Asia in both the public and private sectors.

Building on Senator Jackson’s bipartisan approach, NBR engages policymakers looking for reliable Asia expertise through sustained interaction in high-trust, nonpartisan settings.

Our Impact

Our experts and research have shaped congressional legislation and administration policies, brought issues to the top of the U.S. foreign policy agenda, and attracted worldwide media attention. We mobilize expertise on Asia for a more effective foreign policy.


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