The Trustees of the
BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Cordially Invite You to an Address by
THE HONORABLE DANIEL RUSSEL
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE
FOR EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS
May 29, 2014
Reception: 5:15 p.m. Address: 6:00 p.m.
WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE
Members: Free of Charge
Guest of a Member: $20.00 Non-Member: $25.00
"UNITED STATES POLICY TOWARDS EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC"
Since the early 1970s, the United States has pursued a policy of accommodation towards the People’s Republic of China in the hope that, in pursuing prosperity and great power status, China would become enmeshed in the global economic and political order and thus become a status quo power. Surely, the current administration’s “pivot” to Asia properly emphasizes the primary importance of the region. However, some wonder whether the “pivot,” with some emphasis on close ties with all the nations of the region, is a reaction to what some see as China’s undue assertiveness, a kind of limited imperialism. Many Chinese perceive a new containment policy. We are quite fortunate to have an authoritative voice, the head of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State, Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel, join us to discuss American policy in the region and President Obama’s recent trip there.
Assistant Secretary Russel is a career foreign service officer with deep experience in Asia. He received university degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the University of London. He studied martial arts and Japanese in Japan; and then managed a Japanese firm in New York for six years before joining the Foreign Service in 1985. His first posting was to Tokyo as assistant to Ambassador Mike Mansfield. Over his career, he has had a series of postings to Japan and Asia: vice consul in Osaka, branch office manager in Nagoya, political officer in Seoul (including nuclear talks with North Korea), and United States consul-general in Osaka-Kobe. He has also been Director of the State Department Office for Japanese Affairs.
He has served at the United Nations as political advisor to Ambassador Thomas Pickering and was responsible for Asian affairs and international organizations as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Other postings have included Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus and Deputy Chief of Mission in the Netherlands. He was Director for Japan, South Korea, and North Korea at the National Security Council and Special Assistant to the President from 2009-2011, before assuming his present position as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.