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NBR and WWC Event: "Oil and Gas for Asia"

The National Bureau of Asian Research

Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will launch NBR's 2012 Energy Security Report "Oil and Gas for Asia: Geopolitical Implications of Asia's Rising Demand" on September 20 in Washington, D.C.

Please join senior specialists from industry, policy, and research for a discussion on how Asia's rising energy demand, angst over high prices, and questions about the reliability of future oil and LNG supplies are shaping the strategic and economic agendas of the region’s major powers.

This event will feature remarks from Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr. (co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group and member of the House Ways and Means Committee) and U.S. Under Secretary Robert D. Hormats (Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment). The launch will also include a panel discussion of the NBR report by Edward Chow (Center for Strategic and International Studies), Erica Downs (Brookings Institution), S. Chander (Asian Development Bank) and Mikkal Herberg (The National Bureau of Asian Research). 



About The Report

Copies of the 2012 report will be available at the launch as well as available for download on NBR's website the week of the event. Essays in the 2012 report include:


  • Asia's New Role in Global Energy Security by John V. Mitchell (Chatham House)
  • China and Iran: Energy and/or Geopolitics by Zha Daojiong
  • Do Overseas Investments by National Oil Companies Enhance Energy Security at Home? A View from Asia by Philip Andrews-Speed (Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore)
  • Asia's Post-Fukushima Market for Liquefied Natural Gas: A Special Focus on Japan by Tomoko Hosoe (FACTS Global Energy)
  • The Geopolitics of Asia's Rising Oil and Gas Demand: Conclusions and Implications for the United States by Mikkal E. Herberg (NBR)


About the Participants

Charles W. Boustany, Jr. is co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, serving as chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight.

S. Chander is Director General of the Regional and Sustainable Development at the Asian Development Bank. He was formerly the Principal Director of the ADB's Office of Information Systems and Technology, and the Chair of ADB's Energy Community of Practice.  

Edward C. Chow is a Senior Fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is an international energy expert with more than 30 years of oil industry experience and has worked in Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe, and the former Soviet Union to advise U.S. and foreign governments, international oil companies, and financial institutions.

Erica S. Downs is a Fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings Institution, where she focuses on issues related to the international expansion of Chinese firms, especially in the energy, mining, and construction sectors. Before joining Brookings, she served as Energy Analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she was a lead drafter of an intelligence community assessment of East Asian energy issues.

Mikkal E. Herberg is Research Director of NBR's Energy Security Program and Senior Lecturer on international and Asian energy in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Previously, he spent 20 years in the oil industry in strategic planning roles for ARCO, where from 1997 to 2000 he was Director for Global Energy and Economics, responsible for worldwide energy, economic, and political analysis.

Robert D. Hormats is U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. He was formerly Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs (International), Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Ambassador and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, and Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs.

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The Reserve Officers Association
1 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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The National Bureau of Asian Research

The National Bureau of Asian Research is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution dedicated to informing and strengthening policy in the Asia-Pacific. NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Drawing upon an extensive network of the world’s leading specialists, NBR bridges the academic, business, and policy arenas.


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