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U.S. Trade Priorities in the Indo-Pacific

A Policy Update with Michael Beeman, Assistant USTR for Japan, Korea, and APEC


This event has been postponed. We will update this page once the new date has been confirmed.

Indo-Pacific economic and trade relations have undergone substantial changes in recent years. U.S.-China trade tensions and the Covid-19 pandemic have caused significant supply chain disruptions and led many countries across the region to re-evaluate their trade policies. Meanwhile, the signing of major multilateral trade agreements and the emergence of novel approaches to digital trade have further altered trade ties in the region. Although it is not a member of either of the region’s largest multilateral trade deals, the United States has continued to advance its own vision for Indo-Pacific trade, signing bilateral agreements with Japan and Korea, working to bolster supply chain resilience, and deepening collaboration with other allies and partners.

As the Biden administration continues to shape its trade policy in the region, the National Bureau of Asian Research is honored to welcome Michael Beeman, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and APEC, to discuss U.S. trade policy priorities in the region. Please join us on Tuesday, October 12, from 3:00–4:30 p.m. EDT for a keynote address from Assistant USTR Beeman, followed by an expert discussion with Roy Kamphausen, Charles Boustany, and Saori Katada. This event will be on the record.

About the Speakers

Michael Beeman serves as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR) for Japan, Korea, and APEC. From 2004–2014 he served in various positions at USTR, including Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and Acting AUSTR for Japan, Korea, and APEC. From 2015–2016, he was Senior Advisor to the U.S.-Japan Business Council and the U.S.-Korea Business Council, where he supported the promotion of American goods and services exports. He received a PhD in politics with a focus on Japan’s political economy from the University of Oxford, as well as an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Japan, a Monbusho Fellow at the University of Tokyo, and an Advanced Research Fellow at Harvard University.

Charles Boustany Jr. is a Counselor at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He served in the U.S. Congress from 2005 to 2017, representing a district in coastal Louisiana. He was a subcommittee chairman on the House Ways and Means Committee, Co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group, and Co-chair of the Japan Caucus in the House of Representatives. Congressman Boustany was an acknowledged leader in the areas of trade policy, foreign economic policy, U.S.-China relations and energy policy in the U.S. Congress. At NBR, he co-chaired the Taskforce on Transforming the Economic Dimension of U.S. China Strategy with Aaron Friedberg and co-authored two reports from the Taskforce: “Answering China’s Economic Challenge: Preserving Power, Enhancing Prosperity” (February 2019) and “Partial Disengagement: A New U.S. Strategy for Economic Competition with China” (November 2019). Before serving in Congress, Congressman Boustany practiced medicine with board certifications in general surgery and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. He received an MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

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.

Saori Katada is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on topics in international political economy, including regional integration, trade agreements, and financial politics. She also has extensively studied Japan’s foreign and domestic economic policies and their impact on the Indo-Pacific region. Professor Katada has authored or co-authored numerous books, most recently Japan’s New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific (2020), as well as dozens of book chapters and articles. She has received grants from the Japan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Katada holds a PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to her academic career, she served as a researcher for the World Bank and at the UN Development Programme.