Ashley Johnson
Project Manager, Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs

2019 Energy Security Workshop

Revolutionizing LNG and Natural Gas in the Indo-Pacific

On May 29, NBR and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will co-host the fifteenth annual Energy Security Workshop, “Revolutionizing LNG and Natural Gas in the Indo-Pacific,” in Washington, D.C.

Event Details
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

(Registration and light refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.)


This is an invitation-only workshop, and space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, or to request an invitation, please contact

Energy is a key priority of the Trump administration’s “free and open Indo-Pacific” strategy. Under the Indo-Pacific Strategy, the Trump administration believes that large-scale U.S. exports of LNG and oil to Asia could help Asia diversify its energy mix, reduce its reliance on imports from the Middle East, strengthen its energy security, and counter China’s growing influence from its Belt and Road Initiative.

Yet while these plans create new opportunities, whether Asia’s developing economies can expand their ability to actually utilize natural gas in line with their stated national goals is a key uncertainty—and potential bottleneck—for further development. Future growth will depend on whether domestic gas markets are structured to make U.S. LNG marketable, affordable, commercially viable, and available beyond niche coastal energy markets. Unless developing Asia’s gas markets are profoundly reformed, they will continue to struggle to absorb the new LNG supplies that will be available.

Consequently, the success of the energy dimensions of the United States’ Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy will depend on concerted efforts across a range of developing countries in Asia and on the relative affordability and competitiveness of LNG.

With these concerns in mind, the 2019 Energy Security Workshop will examine:

  • Envisioned roles for LNG in the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy
  • Prospects and needs for accelerating gas market reforms, especially in Southeast Asia
  • Debates across Asia surrounding the long-term affordability, sustainability, and competitiveness of natural gas
  • Scenarios for enhancing U.S.-Asia collaboration on related topics such as bringing critical energy infrastructure to scale

Kindly note that the Energy Security Workshop is held under Chatham House Rule.

Speakers include

Suman Bery, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Jeanne Choi, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Clara Gillispie, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Mikkal E. Herberg, University of California–San Diego; The National Bureau of Asian Research

Michael Kugelman, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Jane Nakano, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Lesli Palti-Guzman, Gas Vista LLC

Jeff Phillips, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Riley Smith, US-ASEAN Business Council

Takeshi Soda, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

Mark Thurber, Stanford University

Nikos Tsafos, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Courtney Weatherby, The Stimson Center

Additional speakers to be announced

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