Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia


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When: May 23 2018 - 12:00pm until May 23 2018 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar and Book Discussion featuring:

Dr. Paul Heer
Adjunct Professor
The George Washington University

Dr. Satu Limaye (Moderator)
Director, East-West Center in Washington

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American diplomat George F. Kennan is well-known as the intellectual author of the doctrine of containment of the Soviet Union. Lesser known is his profoundly influential role in US policy towards East Asia during the early Cold War period. In Mr. X and the Pacific , Paul Heer offered the first in-depth study of Kennan's involvement with US policy towards China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam; the rise and fall of Kennan's strategic framework for East Asia policy; and the implications for US policy in the region today.

Dr. Paul Heer is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. A career officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, he retired in 2015 after serving as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia (2007-15) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He is a recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the DNI’s National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Dr. Heer was a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 2015-16. He was the Visiting Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations during 1999-2000. He holds a B.A. degree in history from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; an M.A. in history from the University of Iowa; and a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from The George Washington University.

Dr. Satu Limaye is Director of the East West Center in Washington and the creator of the Asia Matters for America/America Matters for Asia initiative. He is also Senior Advisor, CNA Corporation. Earlier, Dr. Limaye served on the research staff of the Strategy, Forces & Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and Director of Research & Publications at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. His recent publications include: Weighted West, Focused on the Indian Ocean and Cooperating Across the Indo-Pacific: India's New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities and Diplomacy (CNA, 2017); "Integrating an Ally and an Aligner in a 'Principled Security Network': The U.S. and the India-Japan Strategic Partnership" in Rajesh Basrur and Sumithi Narayanan Kutty (eds.) The India-Japan Strategic Partnership, Springer: 2018; "ASEAN is Neither the Problem Nor Solution to South China Sea Disputes," in Gilbert Rozman and Joseph Chinyong Liow, International Relations and Asia's Southern Tier, 2017; "From Peak to Plateau in U.S.-ASEAN Relations," in Mari Elka Pangestu and Rastam Mohd Isa (eds.), ASEAN Future Forward, 2017. Dr. Limaye also writes the annual analysis of India-East Asia and U.S.-India relations for the Pacific Forum CSIS journal Comparative Connections. He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar.

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