Doug Strub
Project Manager
Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy

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Balancing Competing Visions for Indo-Pacific Trade

Event Details
A discussion of shifting trade dynamics and emerging thematic and country-specific trade strategies in the Indo-Pacific region

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
3:00–5:10 p.m. ET

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As the trade environment in the Indo-Pacific region continues to evolve, new visions for the future of regional trade policy have emerged. Attempts at decoupling, rising protectionist sentiment, and supply chain shifts brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and broader concerns about supply chain vulnerabilities have led to new ways of thinking about trade policy in the region. Unpacking these competing interests in a complex environment is critical if the United States and its allies and partners are to pursue an Indo-Pacific trade policy that is coherent, realistic, and in line with shared values. This event will examine these competing approaches to Indo-Pacific trade and discuss the roles and strategies of some of the region’s key players in trade.

Join the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) on Wednesday, June 30, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. ET for a virtual discussion on the latest trends and policies in Indo-Pacific trade. The discussion will consider the implications of shifting trade and supply chain dynamics and examine how various countries in the region are responding.



Charles Boustany,, Counselor, The National Bureau of Asian Research

PANEL DISCUSSION | New Visions for Indo-Pacific Trade

Nigel Cory, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Etel Solingen, University of California Irvine
Additional panelist TBA.

PANEL DISCUSSION | Regional Approaches and Issues

Alan Bollard, Wellington School of Business and Government
Arvind Panagariya, Columbia University
Additional panelist TBA.


Roy Kamphausen, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research

About the Speakers

Alan Bollard is a Professor of Practice at the School of Government, Wellington School of Business and Government, and inaugural holder of the Chair for Pacific Region Business. He is also New Zealand Governor of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. From 2012 to 2018 Dr. Bollard was the Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, the world’s largest regional body that promotes trade, investment, and sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining APEC, Bollard was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012. In that position, he was responsible for monetary policy and bank regulations, helping steer New Zealand through the global financial crisis. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Bollard was the Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury. As the government’s principal economic adviser, he managed the Crown’s finances and helped guide economic policy. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland.

Nigel Cory is Associate Director, Trade Policy, at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He focuses on cross-border data flows, data governance, intellectual property, and how these issues relate to digital trade and the economy. Previously, he worked as a researcher in the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Cory also had diplomatic postings in Malaysia and Afghanistan working on topics such as bilateral and regional trade, economic, and security issues. He has an MA in public policy from Georgetown University and a BA in international business and commerce from Griffith University.

Roy Kamphausen is President of NBR. As a specialist on a range of U.S.-Asia issues, he has led and contributed substantively to NBR’s research initiatives and has served as author, contributing author, or co-editor to numerous publications. His areas of expertise include China’s People’s Liberation Army, U.S.-China defense relations, East Asian security issues, innovation, and intellectual property protection. Prior to joining NBR, Mr. Kamphausen served as a career U.S. Army officer. He holds a BA in political science from Wheaton College and an MA in international affairs from Columbia University. He studied Chinese at both the Defense Language Institute and Beijing’s Capital Normal University.

Arvind Panagariya is a Professor of Economics and Indian Political Economy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His focus areas include international trade policy, economic development, and economic reforms with a focus on India. Panagariya is a former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and was on the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has also worked with the World Bank, IMF, and UNCTAD, in addition to serving as the first vice chairman of the NITI Aayog Government of India in the rank of a cabinet minister. Panagariya holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.

Etel Solingen is Distinguished Professor and the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California Irvine. She received the 2019 Distinguished Scholar award in International Security from the International Studies Association and the 2020 Susan Strange Professorship at the London School of Economics. She is a former President of the International Studies Association and has published on the relationship between international political economy and international security, globalization and its discontents, comparative regional orders, and global supply chains, among other topics. Her book Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East (2007) won the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Award for best book in the discipline of political science and the ISA’s Jervis and Schroeder Award for best book on international history and politics. Other books include Regional Orders at Century’s Dawn (1999), Geopolitics, Supply Chains and International Relations of East Asia (ed. 2021), Comparative Regionalism (2014), and more.