Monthly Archives: October 2012

More on the US Pivot to Asia

Recommended by our colleague, the Consul General: A very good piece by Asia hands at the Congressional Research Service on the Obama administrations “pivot”.


FCC Speakers Next Week

Courtesy of Michael W: An alert about three interesting speakers at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) next week: Ambassador Chen Jian, Dean of the School of International Studies, Renmin University, and former under-secretary general of the United Nations on 30 October (lunch); Harvard University Professor of History and Political Science Roderick MacFarquhar on 31 October (lunch); and Mike Chinoy, former CNN Beijing bureau chief and Senior Fellow, US-China Institute, University of Souther California (USC) on 1 November (dinner).


Asia Meets Europe

From 5-6 November, the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit will take place in Vientiane, Laos. Find out more about ASEM here. In class tomorrow, we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear a special briefing on ASEM and the Summit from our colleague, the Consul-General. The relations between Asia and Europe are often overlooked, given the presence of the US in the region, but it is important to consider these links, especially in the context of the current economic difficulties in Europe and the increasing desire in Europe to develop ties with Asia.

Debate on US Policy Towards China

Tomorrow morning (Thursday) from 6 am to 8 am (Wednesday evening, 6 pm to 8 pm, Washington DC time), you may be interested in watching a webcast of a debate on US policy towards China to be held at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. The debate will feature Jeffrey Bader of the Brookings Institution, who was until April this year the senior director for East Asian affairs on the National Security Council, for the Obama campaign and Aaron Friedberg, who served in the office of Vice President Dick Cheney from 2003 to 2005, for the Romney campaign. The webcast may be viewed here.