The Banyan Tree Leadership Forum: U.S. Engagement in South East Asia

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2011
  • Please join us for this important speech by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs the Honorable Kurt M. Campbell. This is one of the most important years for American policy in the Asia Pacific. Assistant Secretary Campbell will discuss US policy and the outook as the United States assesses the results of its high-level discussions with China, works to support recovery in Japan, and looks ahead to Secretary Clinton’s visit to Indonesia for the ASEAN Regional Forum.  Later this year, President Obama will attend his first East Asia Summit, participate in the third US ASEAN Summit and host the APEC Leaders Summit in Honolulu.

    Keynote Remarks by:

    The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell
    Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    U.S. Department of State
    Introduction by:

    Ernest Z. Bower
    Director & Senior Adviser, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS


    Kurt Campbell became the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in June 2009. Previously, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and concurrently served as the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and chairman of the Editorial Board of the Washington Quarterly. He was the founder of StratAsia, a strategic advisory firm, and was the senior vice president, director of the International Security Program, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair in National Security Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was also associate professor of public policy and international relations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and assistant director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

    He received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, a Certificate in music and political philosophy from the University of Erevan in Soviet Armenia, and his Doctorate in International Relations from Brasenose College at Oxford University where he was a Distinguished Marshall Scholar.

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