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September 18, 2008, Dennis Wilder

(Click to enlarge) Dennis Wilder, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, offers his views on American policy in East Asia at the East-West Center in Washington on September 18, 2008.

President Bush and East Asia: A Foreign Policy Success Story

 

(Washington DC) September 18 – Recent articles in major US publications have given President Bush credit for having a foreign policy strategy in East Asia that has improved our relations with all of the Asian powers--China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia--simultaneously for the first time in American diplomatic history. Dennis Wilder, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, offered his views on American policy in East Asia and lessons learned during the past eight years at a seminar at the East-West Center in Washington. As the Bush Administration draws to a close, this is an appropriate time to look back over the past eight years and attempt to draw some lessons that may help future policymakers.

 

Dennis Wilder has served on the National Security Council since August 2004, first as China Director and then as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs. He came to the NSC from the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Intelligence where he was the China Issue Manager from 1995 until 2005. In July 2004, then DCI George Tenet awarded him the Director's Medal for his leadership in building the Intelligence Community's China collection and analysis capabilities. He served overseas in the U.S. Consulate-General in Hong Kong from 1992-1995.

 

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