June 23, 2009: Ambassador James R. Keith

(Click to enlarge) From left to right, Ambassador James R. Keith and Tom Reckford, President of the Malaysia-America Society, discuss U.S.-Malaysia relations.

U.S-Malaysian Relations and Current Developments in Malaysia


(Washington D.C.) June 23– The Honorable James R. Keith, United States Ambassador to Malaysia, discussed U.S.-Malaysian relations and current developments in Malaysia during a public forum at the East-West Center in Washington sponsored by the East-West Center in Washington, the Malaysia-America Society of Washington D.C., and the Asia Society Washington. The Ambassador discussed topics such as economic cooperation between the United States and Malaysia, opportunities for bilateral diplomatic cooperation, and the role of the new administrations in both countries in furthering the U.S.-Malaysian relationship.


The Honorable James R. Keith was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Malaysia on July 24, 2007. He went to Kuala Lumpur from Washington, D.C., where he had been Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. He has also served as U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong and at U.S. Embassies in Beijing, Jakarta, and Seoul. In addition to his Foreign Service postings, Ambassador Keith was a member of the National Security Council under President Bush in the early 1990s and President Clinton in the late 1990s. He joined the Foreign Service in 1980 after graduation from the College of William and Mary.