National Bureau of Asian Research

The Nation's Asia Policy Think Tank

aka NBR   |   Seattle, WA   |  http://www.nbr.org

Mission

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is an independent nonpartisan think tank with bi-coastal operations in Seattle and Washington, DC that has a mission to help leaders better understand Asia and make informed policy choices. We provide access to a network of world-class scholars to analyze the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and we invest in our global future by training next generations of Asia specialists.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Roy Kamphausen

Main address

1414 NE 42nd Street Suite 300

Seattle, WA 98105 USA

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EIN

91-1444105

NTEE code info

International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C. (Q99)

International Studies (V35)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The National Bureau of Asian Research has a vision to address issues that are critical to achieving a secure and prosperous future in a free and democratic world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Political and Security Affairs

NBR’s Political and Security Affairs (PSA) group hosts innovative research initiatives focused on the political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific that are of critical importance to the United States.

Political and Security Affairs includes the following projects ​and centers: Strategic Asia; Maritime Awareness Project; John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies; Kenneth B. and Anne H.H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies; The People's Liberation Army Conference; The U.S.-ROK NextGeneration Leaders Program; Australia in an Evolving Strategic Asia; and China's Vision for a New World Order; among others.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The mission of NBR’s Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy (Trade Center) is to deepen understanding of the technological and economic issues that are shaping the growth and competitiveness of Indo-Pacific countries. Through research on topics including economic strategy, supply chains, digital trade, and data governance, the Trade Center provides expert analysis on the highly complex and rapidly evolving issues at the center of economic trends and technological developments in Asia. In addition, the Trade Center supports the work of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property to strengthen IP protections and bring attention to the risks of IP infringement in Asia.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The goal of the Energy and Environmental Affairs team is to outline policy approaches that meet Asia’s growing energy demands in a sustainable and environmentally conscious way. Using established industry experts as well as rising energy policy scholars and leaders, EEA’s programs aim to translate broad goals for energy security, access, resiliency, and sustainability into actionable recommendations.

EEA projects include the Energy Security Program, the Pacific Energy Summit, and a three-year program on the United States’ initiative, Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (EDGE). NBR also serves as the U.S. delegate to the Energy Research Institute Network (ERIN), an organization that provides research support to the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia and the East Asia Summit.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The National Bureau of Asian Research has a mission to help leaders better understand Asia and make informed policy choices. We provide access to a network of world-class scholars to analyze the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and we invest in our global future by training next generations of Asia specialists.

NBR is an independent nonprofit institution with operations in Seattle and Washington, D.C. Our research is conducted by a global network of specialists to tackle critical issues that are identified through a demand-driven process. Findings are a result of unbiased research and do not reflect institutional perspectives. Our standards of rigorous scholarship facilitate informed decision-making based on data rather than ideology.

Established in 1989, NBR is a legacy organization of Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson, who foresaw the need for an institution to study and inform public policy on Asia in government and business. Building on Senator Jackson’s bipartisan approach, NBR engages policymakers looking for reliable Asia expertise through sustained interaction in very trusting, nonpartisan settings. Our experts and research shape congressional legislation and administration policies, bring issues to the top of the U.S. foreign policy agenda, and attract worldwide media attention. We mobilize expertise on Asia to achieve more effective foreign policy.

The National Bureau of Asia Research is a think tank that helps leaders better understand Asia. We engage a network of top experts in their fields to deliver balanced analysis on opportunities, risks, and the changing environment for American interests in Asia. Looking ahead to future strategic needs, NBR places a special focus on training next generation leaders.

How we listen

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    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

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Financials

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Operations

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National Bureau of Asian Research

Board of directors
as of 2/23/2022
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Board chair

Mr. John Rindlaub

Wells Fargo (Asia-Pacific) (ret.)

Kenneth Pyle

University of Washington

Norm Dicks

Van Ness Feldman, LLP

Ryo Kubota

Kubota Vision

Quentin Kuhrau

Unico Properties

Melody Meyer

Melody Meyer Energy LLC

Mitch Waldman

Huntington Ingalls Industries (ret.)

Jonathan Roberts

Ignition Partners

Tom Robertson

Microsoft Corporation

Thomas Albrecht

Sidley Austin LLP

Dennis Blair

University of North Carolina

Richard Ellings

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Long Nguyen

Pragmatics, Inc.

Roger Bowlin

Real Estate Transition Solutions

Kurt Glaubitz

Chevron Corporation

Charles Hooper

Cohen Group

Nobukatsu Kanehara

Doshisha University

William Rademaker

Duthie Hill LLC

Joseph Tofalo

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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