Jane Nakano

Jane Nakano
  • Jane Nakano is a fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her areas of research include energy security issues in Asia, global nuclear energy trends, and global natural gas market dynamics. Prior to joining CSIS in 2010, Nakano was with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and served as the lead staff on U.S. energy engagements with China and Japan. She was responsible for coordinating DOE engagement in the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, U.S.-China Energy Policy Dialogue, and U.S.-Japan Energy Dialogue. She also worked on U.S. energy engagement with Indonesia, North Korea, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. From 2001 to 2002, she served at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo as special assistant to the energy attaché.

    Nakano’s recent publications include The United States and China: Making Nuclear Energy Safer (Brookings Institution, July 2013); Prospects for Shale Gas Development in Asia (CSIS, August 2012); Civil Nuclear Energy Cooperation between the United States and Japan (Stimson Center, February 2012); Rare Earth Trade Challenges and Sino-Japanese Relations (National Bureau of Asia Research, September 2011); and China—Leader or Laggard on the Path to a Secure, Low-Carbon Energy Future? (CSIS, September 2011). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


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