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Engaging Asia: The Role of the 116th Congress in Engaging the Indo-Pacific

  • 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)

Engaging Asia 2019
The Role of the 116th Congress in Engaging the Indo-Pacific

27 February 2019 | Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 215
50 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Program: 2:00-5:00 p.m. | Reception: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to invite you to Engaging Asia 2019. Launched in 2008, Engaging Asia is a half-day conference NBR convenes on Capitol Hill featuring members of Congress, embassy representatives, and other policy experts who discuss the role of Congress in shaping U.S. engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

The discussion will be followed by hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail reception.

Space is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible.


2 – 2:10 p.m. Registration

2:10 – 2:15 Welcome

Dan Aum

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

2:15 – 2:50 p.m. Keynote Remarks: Views from Congress

The Honorable Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA)

Member, House Armed Services Committee
Co-Chair, U.S.-China Working Group

Introduction by: Clara Gillispie

Senior Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs, 
The National Bureau of Asian Research

The Honorable Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL)

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, House Foreign Affairs Committee

Introduction by: Ali Szalwinski

Senior Director of Political and Security Affairs, 
The National Bureau of Asian Research

2:50 – 3:50 p.m. Expert Panel: Geopolitics, Trade, ASEAN, Human Rights: Developing a Holistic Policy for the Indo-Pacific


Frank Jannuzi

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Mansfield Foundation

Walter Lohman

Director of the Asian Studies Center,
The Heritage Foundation

Lindsey Ford

Director of Political-Security Affairs, Richard Holbrooke
Fellow, Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. office
Asia Society Policy Institute

Catharin Dalpino

Professor Emeritus,
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Moderated by: Dan Aum

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

3:50 – 4 p.m. Coffee break

4 – 5 p.m. Embassy Panel: Views from the Region


Moderated by: Roy Kamphausen

Senior Vice President for Research,
The National Bureau of Asian Research

For a primer on key Congressional issues to be discussed, see NBR publication, Key U.S. Policy Issues in the Indo-Pacific for the 116th Congress.

This event is on the record.

NOTE: For media, contact Dan Aum at media@nbr.org or (202) 347-9767. MEMBERS OF THE PRESS MUST HAVE SENATE PRESS CREDENTIALS TO ATTEND.

Access to the room will not be allowed before the event.

For a list of prohibited items, please see www.visitthecapitol.gov.

Follow NBR on Twitter for live tweets during Engaging Asia: https://twitter.com/NBRnews

This event is made possible in part by the generous support of the Chevron, Korea Foundation, and Pragmatics, Inc.