Takeaways from Shangri-La: Developing Effective U.S. Defense and Security Policies in the Asia Pacific with Admiral Mike McDevitt


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Asian Security Seminar

When: Jun 9 2008 (All day)
Where: The East-West Center in Washington Conference room- 9:30- 11:00 AM


The Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual meeting of Defense Ministers from the Asia-Pacific region, was held in Singapore from May 30-June 1, 2008. Participants discussed ways to channel and develop more effective strategies for a region undergoing significant shifts in its security architecture.How can the U.S. create meaningful security and defense policies in Asia in these uncertain times? How should U.S. policymakers engage with Asian countries on issues such as climate change, counterterrorism, and nuclear proliferation? Rear Admiral Mike McDevitt, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies at the Center for Naval Analyses, will offer insights from his attendance at the Shangri-La Dialogue on how the U.S. should cope with a changing Asia-Pacific security landscape.

This event is free and open to the public.
A light breakfast will be served at 9:30 AM. Please RSVP with Alison Hazell at 202-327-9752 or at [email protected] by Wednesday, June 4, to ensure your seat.

Mike McDevitt, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), is a Vice President and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, a division of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). During his Navy career, Rear Admiral McDevitt held four at-sea commands, including an aircraft carrier battle group. He was the Director of the East Asia Policy office for the Secretary of Defense during the first Bush administration and later served for two years as the Director for Strategy, War Plans, and Policy (J-5) for USCINCPAC (Pacific Command). Rear Admiral McDevitt concluded his 34-year active duty career as the Commandant of the National War College in Washington, DC. He has been an active participant in conferences and workshops regarding security issues in East Asia, and has had a number of papers published in edited volumes on this subject. He received a B.A. in U.S. History from the University of Southern California and a Masters degree in American Diplomatic History from Georgetown University. He is also a graduate of the National War College.

East-West Center in Washington
1819 L Street NW, Washington, D.C., 2nd Floor Conference Room

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Alison Hazell
Phone: 202-327-9752