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AsiaConnect Briefing with Daniel Kritenbrink, Senior Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council
***New Time Announced: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EST***
The Asia Society Policy Institute is pleased to present an AsiaConnect briefing call with Mr. Daniel Kritenbrink, Senior Director for Asian Affairs in the National Security Council, to discuss the just completed U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit.
On February 15-16, 2016, President Obama hosted a historic meeting with 10 ASEAN leaders at the Sunnylands retreat in California. Following a banner year for ASEAN that included the formal establishment of the ASEAN Community and the elevation of the U.S.-ASEAN relationship to a strategic partnership, the Sunnylands Summit further cemented ASEAN’s growing role on the global stage. By hosting the first Summit for U.S. and ASEAN leaders in the United States, President Obama reaffirmed the emphasis his administration is placing on the U.S.-ASEAN relationship. The choice of the Sunnylands retreat, the site of President Obama’s June 2013 Summit with Xi Jinping, also subtly nodded to an effort to place the U.S.-ASEAN relationship on a more equal strategic footing of that with China. Over the course of two days, President Obama and his counterparts discussed a range of critical issues including maritime security in the South China Sea, growing trade and economic ties, and the growing threat of violent extremism. Mr. Kritenbrink will provide highlights from the two days of discussions, key achievements from the meeting, and the way forward for the U.S.-ASEAN relationship. This briefing will be off-the-record.
Daniel Kritenbrink is the Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. In this role, he is the White House's most senior advisor on Asia. As a career diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service, he spent much of the last decade in positions focusing on China, including most recently as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. He has also served as Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. embassy in Beijing and Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the Department of State. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He speaks Chinese and Japanese.
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ASPI’s AsiaConnect is a monthly telephone briefing series on pressing issues in Asia and U.S.-Asia relations made possible through the generous support of Asia Society Trustee Mitch Julis.