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Evolving China-Russia Cooperation: Implications to U.S. Interests

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044

11:45 am – 12 pm: Sign-in

12 pm – 1:00 pm: Discussion  

**Lunch buffet will be provided**


Space is limited and RSVP’s will be honored in order of receipt.

Please join the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association (FACSA), The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), and Henry M. Jackson Foundation for an informational briefing on evolving dynamics between China and Russia and the ensuing political, security, and economic implications for U.S. foreign policy. This briefing coincides with the launch of a new NBR multi-edited volume, Axis of Authoritarian: Implications of China-Russia Cooperation, by Richard Ellings (NBR) and Robert Sutter (George Washington University). Complimentary online copies will be made available to Congressional staffers upon request.

Our expert panelists will provide an analysis of the two countries’ common goals and competing interests, as well as policy options the legislative branch and executive branch may consider to address the considerable challenges borne by increasing Sino-Russian cooperation contrary to U.S. interests. 

Richard Ellings

President, The National Bureau of Asian Research


Jeffrey Mankoff

Deputy Director, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

More speakers to be announced 

Dan Aum

Director of Washington D.C. Office,
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Panelist Bio

Richard J. Ellings is President of The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and Affiliate Professor of International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. NBR is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution whose mission is to inform and strengthen policy in the Asia-Pacific. Co-founder of NBR, he has served as the institution’s Executive Director and sits on the Board of Directors. Dr. Ellings also serves as the Executive Director for The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission), as well as the editor of the IP Commission Report (2013) and the IP Commission Report Update (2017).  He is the co-founder and co-chairman of the editorial board, Asia Policy, 2006–present, he established the Strategic Asia Program, has served as consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of State, Department of Energy, and other U.S. government offices and agencies, and has testified before Congress on U.S.-Asia policy.

Jeffrey Mankoff is deputy director and senior fellow with the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. He is the author of Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and a frequent commentator on international security, Russian foreign policy, regional security in the Caucasus and Central Asia, ethnic conflict, and energy security. Before coming to CSIS, he served as an adviser on U.S.-Russia relations at the U.S. Department of State as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. From 2008 to 2010, he was associate director of International Security Studies at Yale University and an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to his policy research, Dr. Mankoff teaches courses on international security and Central Asia at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Dr. Mankoff has held academic fellowships at Harvard, Yale, and Moscow State Universities. He holds dual B.A.s in international studies and Russian from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in diplomatic history from Yale.

Dan Aum is Director of NBR’s Washington, D.C., office. He leads NBR’s engagement with the U.S. Congress and the media. He works closely with NBR’s research group leaders and NBR’s executive team to develop and implement nonpartisan outreach strategies that integrate congressional needs and perspectives. Mr. Aum comes to NBR from Capitol Hill, where he managed a portfolio of thematic and regional issues related to foreign policy, international law, and human rights on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Previously, at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Mr. Aum was on a strategic litigation team that brought cases before international and regional bodies, and led policy initiatives that involved regular engagement with government bodies and the media. He holds a JD from the George Washington University Law School and a BA in Philosophy from Baylor University.

FACSA is an officially recognized, bipartisan and bicameral organization tasked with providing networking opportunities, career guidance, briefings on key topics and other engagements for staffers to learn and grow as foreign policy professionals. 

The Jackson Foundation was founded in 1983 to continue the unfinished work of the late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson in the areas in which he played a key leadership role: international affairs education, human rights, environment and natural resources management, and public service. Through its grant-making and strategic initiatives, the Foundation seeks to make a lasting impact and perpetuate the Jackson legacy for the benefit of future generations.