Daniel Russel

Vice President, International Security and Diplomacy

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Daniel Russel is Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI). Previously he served as a Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow with ASPI for a one year term. 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

On the eve of India's election, Daniel Russel spoke to S. Jaishankar, India's former foreign secretary, about the Modi government's foreign policy.
The need for early engagement of local stakeholders: Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Daniel Russel on the Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia
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Daniel Russel writes that the failure to reach a denuclearization agreement was the better option for Donald Trump.
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Daniel Russel unpacks the second Trump-Kim summit on CNBC.
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Danny Russel discusses what has happened to the U.S.-China relationship and what it will take to fix it.
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Daniel Russel's speech on prospects for the economy in 2019
The U.S. and its allies must prevent North Korea from profiting from and legitimizing nuclear weapons, says ASPI VP Daniel Russel
Daniel Russel says the U.S. must close gaps with China and other powers and push North Korea harder on denuclearization.
Danny Russel says that great a U.S.-Japan alliance takes more than great personal relationships.
Daniel Russel tells CNBC that United States and the international community should be focusing on the objectionable behavior of China, and not vilifying China with a broad brush.
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Daniel Russel writes that North Korea's delivery on promises made at the Singapore summit has been slow and deceptive.
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Trump in Singapore was spectacle. Pompeo in Pyongyang is the grim reality.
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Daniel Russel writes that Kim Jong Un may have outwitted Trump at the summit in Singapore.
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Daniel Russel writes that the Trump administration risks handing a big win to Kim Jong Un at the U.S.-North Korea summit.
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What to expect out of Secretary Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol’s meeting about a U.S.-North Korea summit.
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As the Trump-Kim summit draws closer, Daniel Russel talks to NHK news about what to watch out for at the historic meeting.
Can an underprepared president with a new national security team solve the North Korea conundrum?
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Daniel Russel talks with NPR about the prospects of a Trump-Kim summit.

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