The 2020 US Election Results and Asia: Views from the USA
REGIONAL STRATEGIC AND POLITICAL STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
The 2020 US congressional and presidential elections will be the most consequential in the post-Cold War era. The 2016 election of Donald Trump as president saw jarring changes to presidential conduct, and policies that have diverted sharply from decades of US policy at the global level and towards Asia. Who sits in the White House and which parties control the US Senate and House of Representatives matters much for Southeast Asia, particularly in this era of renewed superpower rivalry and American political ferment.
Two experienced scholars of US Asia policy will provide their first-take impressions of the election results, the manner both major parties have responded to them, and what they might mean for US foreign policy at the global level and towards Asia.
This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
About the Speakers
Dr Michael Jonathan Green is Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was a senior fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute and assistant professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet.
Dr Charles Edel is Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to this appointment, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College, and served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff from 2015-2017. In that role, he advised the Secretary of State on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, he has worked at Peking University’s Center for International and Strategic Studies as a Henry Luce Scholar, was awarded the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and taught high school history in New York City. An officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves, he is the co-author of The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order (2019) and author of Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic (2014). In addition to his scholarly publications, his writings regularly appear in The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and various other outlets. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and received a B.A. in Classics from Yale College.
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