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.



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Daniel Russel talks with NPR about the prospects of a Trump-Kim summit.
Daniel Russel talks to VICE News about the implications of a potential summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
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A new documentary features key experts discussing how the United States should react to China's rise and growing economic influence.
Asia Society Policy Institute Diplomat in Residence Daniel Russel discusses possible Northeast Asia flashpoints as 2018 gets underway in Asia Society's short form podcast.
Daniel Russel on South Korea's willingness to engage in Olympic diplomacy with Kim Jong Un.
Daniel Russel speaks with Xinhua News about the future of U.S.-China relations.
In this podcast by Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, Daniel Russel discusses the implications of Donald Trump’s first Asia visit and the new U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy.
Daniel Russel speaks to Christiane Amanpour about whether President Trump found success in his first Asia trip.
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Daniel Russel discusses the snap election in Japan and what the re-election of Shinzo Abe means for Japan.
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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."
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.
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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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