Engaging Asia 2013

How Will the 113th Congress Address the Rebalance toward Asia?

In recognition of Asia’s increasing global importance, the United States is rebalancing to focus more attention on the region politically, economically, and militarily. The 113th Congress takes office as this strategy is being implemented. At a time of constrained resources and competing domestic priorities, Congress will play a pivotal role in determining and executing many aspects of the rebalance as it allocates funds, provides oversight, and ratifies trade agreements.

With this in mind, NBR hosted “Engaging Asia 2013: How Will the 113th Congress Address the Rebalance toward Asia?” on April 17 in Washington, D.C. This half-day conference provided high-level expert insight and discussion on the congressional priorities that will shape U.S. strategy in the region.

The event featured remarks from Congressman Rick Larsen on the role of Congress in the U.S.–China relationship and from Indonesia’s Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal on how Southeast Asia views the U.S. rebalancing. A panel discussion assessed the new NBR Analysis report “Whose Pacific Century? The 113th Congress and Asia” with co-author Edward Gresser (Progressive Economy) and practitioners from Capitol Hill.

Event Audio


Meredith Miller, The National Bureau of Asian Research

REMARKS: The Role of Congress in Shaping U.S.-China Relations


Congressman Rick Larsen, U.S. House of Representatives

REMARKS: Whose Pacific Century? The 113th Congress and Asia

Edward Gresser, Progressive Economy

REMARKS: The United States and Evolving Geopolitics in Asia: A View from Indonesia

Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal, Embassy of Indonesia

REMARKS: The Role of Congress in Foreign Policy

Additional Participants

Mark Brunner is Senior Advisor to Senator Mark Warner. (off-the-record)

Abraham Denmark is NBR’s Vice President of Political and Security Affairs.

Jamie Fly is Counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio. (off-the-record)

Sonia Luthra is Assistant Director for Outreach at NBR.

Pamela Passman is President and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org).

Michael Schiffer is Senior Advisor and Counselor (Democratic staff) to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. (off-the-record)

Nien Su is the Senior Director for the Asia-Pacific (Republican Staff) at the House Foreign Affairs Committee. (off-the-record)