The Revenge of Energy Security

Reconciling Economic Security with  Climate Ambitions in the United States and Asia 

Energy security has risen to the top of the economic agenda across the Indo-Pacific region in the wake of supply chain disruptions, heightened geopolitical tensions, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused oil and gas prices to skyrocket and threatened access to affordable energy supplies. The ensuing energy crisis also exposed the underlying limitations of economies that are dependent on fossil fuels and underscored the potential for renewable energy to alleviate energy security concerns. As the United States and its regional partners progress toward their net-zero emissions goals and tackle the challenges of economy-wide clean energy transitions, the United States can benefit from increasing collaboration with like-minded countries in the Indo-Pacific. Avenues for cooperation include coordinating secure and sustainable clean energy supply chains for materials required for the energy transition, such as critical minerals, hydrogen, and nuclear fuel.

On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, NBR’s Energy on the Hill event convened leading experts to discuss regional dynamics in Asia following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including the impact of the Russia-China relationship and supply chain disruptions on future U.S. energy and economic security.   



Roy Kamphausen, The National Bureau of Asian Research 


Dan Sullivan, United States Senate (R-AK)

Kim Schrier, United States House of Representatives (D-WA)



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


Se Hyun Ahn, University of Seoul 

Erica Downs, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs 

Michael Kugelman, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Gillian Zwicker, The National Bureau of Asian Research