Daniel Russel

Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow

Daniel Russel joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow in April 2017. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on July 12, 2013, Mr. Russel served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Asian Affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia Pacific region, including efforts to strengthen alliances, deepen U.S. engagement with multilateral organizations, and expand cooperation with emerging powers in the region.

Prior to joining the NSC in January of 2009, he served as Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs and had assignments as U.S. Consul General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan (2005-2008); Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands (2002-2005); Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus (1999-2002); Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering (1997-99); Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1995-96); Political Section Unit Chief at U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea (1992-95); Political Advisor to the Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Ambassador Pickering (1989-92); Vice Consul in Osaka and Branch Office Manager in Nagoya, Japan (1987-89); and Assistant to the Ambassador to Japan, former Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (1985-87).

In 1996, Mr. Russel was awarded the State Department's Una Chapman Cox Fellowship sabbatical and authored America’s Place in the World, a book published by Georgetown University. Before joining the Foreign Service, he was manager for an international firm in New York City.

Mr. Russel was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and University College, University of London, UK.

Reports

Commentary

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Daniel Russel speaks to Christiane Amanpour about whether President Trump found success in his first Asia trip.
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Daniel Russel says that Trump's Asia trip and his attendance at the EAS and APEC summits will be reassuring to Asian allies.
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Daniel Russel discusses the snap election in Japan and what the re-election of Shinzo Abe means for Japan.
Daniel Russel discusses how the 45th president has managed Asia policy since taking office and previews Trump's upcoming trip to the continent.
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Daniel Russel tells PBS Newshour that with Rohingya crisis, "the starting point may be outrage, but we can’t stop there."
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As the rhetoric between the Trump administration and North Korea escalates, many of the important diplomatic portfolios that deal with East Asia lie empty at the State Department.
Why negotiating with China may be the only viable option for the U.S.
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Daniel Russel says the UN's new sanctions against North Korea are a "significant advance" that will slow the progress of the North Korean nuclear program.
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ASPI's Daniel Russel told BBC Radio that the U.S. must work with other key nations to manage North Korea's nuclear provocations.
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Daniel Russel tells CGTN that confrontation and war between the US and China are not inevitable.
Daniel Russel and other experts discuss U.S.-Japan relations under a Trump Administration at the Sasakawa Security Forum.
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Daniel Russel says it would be a mistake to think that war with North Korea is inevitable or that a diplomatic solution isn't possible.
Officials from the United States and ASEAN defend the Southeast Asian organization's "frustrating" consensus model.
The Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs spoke at Asia Society New York on November 4, 2015, ahead of President Obama’s trip to Asia later in the month.

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