Congressional Affairs

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A Go-To Resource for Reliable Asia Expertise

Our origins date back to Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson, who identified the urgent need for an institution that would tap the best Asia expertise to inform and strengthen policy decisions on issues affecting U.S. interests in the region.

Building on Senator Jackson’s legacy, NBR engages in a demand-driven approach to reach out to Congress and cultivate relationships on both sides of the aisle.

Through sustained interaction in high-trust, nonpartisan settings, NBR is a go-to resource for policymakers needing reliable and useful Asia expertise.

Events and Publications

Senate Chiefs of Staff Foreign Affairs Study Group

Since 2005, NBR has co-organized exclusive, private dinner discussions for Senate chiefs of staff on a range of foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Currently co-convened by the chiefs to Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and in conjunction with the Council on Foreign Relations, these dinners provide an off-the-record venue for Senate chiefs to engage with experts on critical foreign policy issues.

U.S.-China Working Group

The U.S.-China Working Group seeks to strengthen U.S. dialogue with China. The group hosts monthly briefings to hear from key business, academic, and political leaders about U.S.-China issues ranging from trade and maritime security to energy cooperation. NBR has chaired the Academic Advisory Group for the Working Group since its founding in 2005. The House U.S.-China Working Group is co-chaired by Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Darin LaHood (R-IL). The Senate U.S.-China Working Group is co-chaired by by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).

NBR-Korea Foundation Briefing Series on U.S.-Korea relations

NBR partners with Korea Foundation to host timely, informative briefings for Congressional staff on issues related to U.S. interests on and around the Korean Peninsula. Working with a range of Congressional organizations including the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Foreign Congressional Staff Association, NBR has responded to summits, elections, and other developments in and around Korea to provide staff and their offices with expert analysis of issues when it is needed.