Asia 2018: The Experts Forecast


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NEW YORK, December 13, 2017 — Hassan Abbas, Rana Foroohar, Evan Medeiros, and Kevin Rudd participate in Asia Society’s year-end tradition of predicting what’s in store for Asia in 2018. The conversation was moderated by Tom Nagorski. (1 hr., 26 min.)

Join us as we reflect on the past year and peer into what’s in store for Asia in 2018. Hassan AbbasRana ForooharEvan Medeiros, and the Hon. Kevin Rudd will participate in Asia Society’s year-end tradition, soon after President Trump is expected to have returned from his maiden trip to Asia. The North Korean nuclear crisis, battlefield losses of the Islamic State, and the Rohingya humanitarian disaster continue to grab headlines. China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the simmering tensions between Pakistan and India — two nuclear armed states — and the convening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will have global implications. What can we expect in Asia for 2018?


Hassan Abbas is Professor of International Security Studies and Chair of the Department of Regional and Analytical Studies at National Defense University's College of International Security Affairs. He also serves as a Carnegie Fellow 2016-2017 at New America.

Rana Foroohar is a Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor at the Financial Times. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst, and author of Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business.

Evan Medeiros is Managing Director of Asia at the Eurasia Group. Previously, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.

Speaker Photo - Kevin Rudd

The Hon. Kevin Rudd is President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister and as Foreign Minister. He is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London, a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute in Chicago. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and co-chairs the China Global Affairs Council of the World Economic Forum.

Tom Nagorski (moderator) is Executive Vice President of Asia Society. He joined the Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism—having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News.

Rana Foroohar's Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street can be purchased through the Asia Store website.


This event is sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Event Details

Wed 13 Dec 2017
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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