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Enhancing America’s Reservoir of Goodwill in Southeast Asia

Asia: Beyond the Headlines | Sponsored by Delta Air Lines
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (C) poses with ASEAN foreign ministers prior to a luncheon at the State Department in Washington, DC (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images).

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN relations, but the countries that make up the dynamic, stable, and increasingly wealthy ASEAN alliance share anxieties over the possibility of U.S. disengagement from the region. There is diminishing confidence in a sustained American commitment to ASEAN, even as both sides maintain strong economic ties — the U.S. is the largest source of investment for ASEAN, and ASEAN is the United States’ fourth largest trading partner. This comes at a time when China’s influence and activism in the region is growing.

Join us for a discussion with Professor Kishore Mahbubani and Daniel Russel on how the U.S. — an architect and guarantor of the post-World War II global order — can restore its global standing by reversing the perception of disengagement from the Asia-Pacific region.


Kishore Mahbubani is Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Prior to his current position he served in Singapore’s Foreign service for over 30 years, and has twice served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations. He is the author of several books including The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World (2013), which was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013.

Daniel Russel is Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he served until recently as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, he served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council’s Senior Director for Asian Affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.

This program made possible through the generous support of Delta Air Lines.


Event Details

Wed 11 Oct 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Members $20; Students/Seniors $30; Nonmembers $40