Friday, April 12, 2013

The National Bureau of Asian Research announces Engaging Asia 2013 Conference

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, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) will host “Engaging Asia 2013: How Will the 113th Congress Address the Rebalance toward Asia?” on April 17 in Washington, D.C. This half-day conference will provide high-level expert insight and discussion on the congressional priorities that will shape U.S. strategy in the region.
The event will feature remarks from Congressman Rick Larsen on the role of Congress in the U.S.-China relationship, Indonesia's Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal on how Southeast Asia views the U.S. rebalancing, and a panel discussion assessing 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. Complimentary copies will be available at the conference.
Additional Participants
Jamie Fly is Counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio. (off-the-record).

Meredith Miller is NBR’s Senior Vice President for Trade, Energy and Economic Affairs & Outreach, and Director, Washington, D.C. Office.

Pamela Passman is President and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (

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).

Please RSVP via online registration. Seating is limited. All inquiries should be directed to Sonia Luthra, Assistant Director for Outreach, at or (202) 347-9767.

Background on the Conference:
Engaging Asia is a comprehensive initiative that encourages integrated high-level discussion of U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific. The initiative convenes experts from government and academia to provide analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement with the region. “Engaging Asia 2013: How Will the 113th Congress Address the Rebalance toward Asia?” is the sixth conference in this series.

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