U.S. Policy Towards Asia: An Asian Leader's Advice for the Next American President


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Special Program Co-Sponsored by the East-West Center and the Asia Society

When: Apr 29 2008 (All day)
Where: The East-West Center in Washington Conference Room- 8:30- 10:00 AM


The spectacular rise of China and India has created new geopolitical realities with far-reaching implications for U.S. foreign policy. Kishore Mahbubani—Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, and former Singaporean Ambassador to the United Nations—will discuss these realities as they are laid out in his new book, The New Asian Hemisphere (PublicAffairs, 2008), and offer advice to the next American President on how to confront the changing geopolitical landscape in Asia.

A light breakfast will be provided at 8:30 AM.

Kishore Mahbubani has had the good fortune of enjoying a career in government and, at the same time, in writing on public issues. With the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004, he had postings in Cambodia (where he served during the war in 1973-74); Malaysia; Washington, DC; and New York, where he served two stints as Singapore's Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. Currently, he is the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) of the National University of Singapore. He has spoken and published globally. In 1998 he was conferred The Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998. In June 2004, The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York, citing him as "A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker." Professor Mahbubani was also listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005.

Tion Kwa is an editorial and op-ed writer on foreign affairs, business, and economics at the Straits Times in Singapore. He is currently a Bernard Schwartz Fellow based at the Asia Society's Washington Center, where his work focuses on trade issues between the U.S. and Asia as well as regional security. Mr. Kwa was a finalist for the 2004 Bastiat Prize for journalism, contributed a chapter on Malaysia and Indonesia in Tiger's Roar (edited by Julian Weiss, M.E. Sharpe), and has written numerous op-eds for major newspapers, including the Washington Post and the South China Morning Post. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the BBC.

Robert Hathaway is Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His publications include "George W. Bush and Asia: A Midterm Assessment" (Wilson Center, 2003) and "The Lingering Legacy of Tiananmen: Grand Strategy and Domestic Politics," Foreign Affairs, Sept-Oct 2003. He served twelve years on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina.

Satu Limaye was named director of the East-West Center in Washington in February 2007. Immediately prior to this appointment, he was a member of the research staff of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia. From July 1998 to October 2006, he served as director of the research and publications division of the Honolulu-based Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. Dr. Limaye earned his Ph.D. in international relations at Oxford's Magdalen College as a Marshall Scholar.

Please note: Seating for this event is limited. Please RSVP to Alison Hazell at [email protected] by Friday, April 25 to ensure a seat.

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