Kurt Campbell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Group, LLC, former U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs for then-Secretary Hillary Clinton
Hosted by the Aerospace & Defense and Government & Regional Affairs Committees
Please join us for an invigorating session on the imperatives for U.S. policy in the Asia Pacific in the next administration with Kurt Campbell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Group, LLC, former U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs for then-Secretary Hillary Clinton, and author of The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia
The United States is in the midst of a substantial and long-term national project, which is proceeding in fits and starts, to reorient its foreign policy to the East. The central tenet of this policy shift, aka the pivot or rebalance, is that the United States will need to do more with and in the Asia-Pacific hemisphere to help revitalize its own economy, to realize the full potential of the region's dramatic innovation, and to keep the peace in the world's most dynamic region where the lions' share of the history of the twenty-first century will be written. With rising concerns about managing tensions in the South China Sea and North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the unprecedented debate about trade policy and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, much remains to be done. As a main author of the pivot and a major player in the U.S. foreign policy space, Dr. Campbell will provide his perspective on U.S. policy priorities for the region and the implications for Asian allies and partners.About the Speaker
Kurt M. Campbell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Asia Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and capital management group specializing in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. He also serves as Chairman of the Center for a New American Security, as a non-resident Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, as a member of the Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon and is on the Board of Directors for Standard Chartered PLC in London. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he is widely credited as being a key architect of the “pivot to Asia.” For advancing a comprehensive U.S. strategy that took him to every corner of the Asia-Pacific region, Secretary Hillary Clinton awarded him the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award (2013) — the nation’s highest diplomatic honor. Campbell was recognized in the Queen’s New Year’s list of honors in 2014 as an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia and as an Honorary Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his work in support of American relations with Australia and New Zealand respectively. He also received top national honors from Korea and Taiwan.
Dr. Campbell was formerly the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security and concurrently served as the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Washington Quarterly. He was the founder and Chairman of StratAsia a strategic advisory and consultancy that supported American firms across Asia. He was the Senior Vice President, director of the International Security Program, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Campbell was also Associate Professor of public policy and international relations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and assistant director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He was also the Vice Chairman of the Pentagon Memorial Fund and has served on the Board of Directors of Metlife, Inc of New York.
Dr. Campbell previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and the Pacific, Director on the National Security Council Staff, Deputy Special Counselor to the president for the North American Free Trade Agreement in the White House, and White House fellow at the Department of the Treasury. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves, serving on surface ships, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Advisory Unit. For his service, he received Georgetown University’s Asia Service Award, the State Department Honor Award, the Republic of Korea medal for service, and the Department of Defense Medals for Distinguished Public Service and for Outstanding Public Service.
He is the author or editor of ten books including Difficult Transitions: Why Presidents Fail in Foreign Policy at the Outset of Power, and Hard Power: The New Politics of National Security. He is currently writing a book about his experiences in Asia, entitled The Pivot; America’s Rediscovery of the Asia-Pacific Century. Dr. Campbell was a contributing writer to The New York Times and has written a regular column for the Financial Times. Dr. Campbell is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Trilateral Commission.
He received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, a Certificate in music and political philosophy from the University of Erevan in Soviet Armenia, and his Doctorate in International Relations from Brasenose College at Oxford University where he was a Distinguished Marshall Scholar. Campbell received his varsity blue in tennis at Oxford and rowed in the first eight in his college crew at Brasenose College when they won the London Hammersmith Regatta. He is married to Dr. Lael Brainard, Governor on the US Federal Reserve Board and former Undersecretary of Treasury for International Affairs. Together they live in Washington, D.C. with their three daughters. They also maintain Iron Bell Farm, a vintage Civil War era retreat in Rappahannock County, VA.