The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia

The Asia Group Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016   |   5:15-7:00 PM   |  MAI 212

The Clements Center for National Security, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Center for East Asian Studies are proud to welcome Kurt Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, on September 21st, 2016 from 5:15-7pm in the Main Building, room 212. Dr. Campbell will be joined by Michael Green and James Steinberg. This event is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Campbell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Asia Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and capital management group specializing in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. He also serves as Chairman of the Center for a New American Security, as a non-resident Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, as a member of the Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon and is on the Board of Directors for Standard Chartered PLC in London. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he is widely credited as being a key architect of the “pivot to Asia.”

Dr. Campbell was formerly the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security 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 and Chairman of StratAsia a strategic advisory and consultancy that supported American firms across Asia. He was the Senior Vice President, director of the International Security Program, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

He is the author or editor of ten books including Difficult Transitions: Why Presidents Fail in Foreign Policy at the Outset of Power, and Hard Power: The New Politics of National Security. He also recently published a book about his experiences in Asia, entitled The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia

Dr. Campbell will be joined by Dr. Michael Green and Mr. Jim Steinberg to discuss his new book, The Pivot

Dr. Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and chair in modern and contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs, with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was senior fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, and an assistant professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from SAIS and did additional graduate and postgraduate research at Tokyo University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College with highest honors.

Mr. Steinberg recently finished his tenure as Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Previously, he served as Deputy Secretary of State from January 2009 to March of 2011. Before serving under the Obama Administration, Mr. Steinberg was the Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin from 2006 to 2009 and Senior Fellow and Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution from 2001-2005. In the 1990s, Mr. Steinberg was the Director of Policy Planning (1994-1996) at the State Department and then Deputy National Security Advisor from 1996 to 2001. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Yale Law School. 

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