Exploring the Implications of U.S. Engagement in the Asia-Pacific

Kurt Campbell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Group, LLC, and Rexon Ryu, Partner, The Asia Group, LLC

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : June 02, 2017

Time : 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Price : $0.00

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Hosted by the Aerospace & Defense and Government & Regional Affairs Committee


The United States and its allies face an uncertain and complex set of challenges in the Asia-Pacific across security, economic, and diplomatic dimensions. The Trump administration, now four months into its first term, has demonstrated a clear and unwavering commitment to regional allies – particularly around near-term strategic threats like North Korea. However, President Trump has also diverged from past administrations in his approach to Beijing, as well as his approach to regional trade engagement, emphasizing bilateral trade negotiations as opposed to a U.S.-led trade architecture like the TPP. This has created an uncertain strategic environment for many U.S. allies and partners as they develop their own foreign policy around Washington’s regional vision for the next several years. Dr. Campbell will provide his perspective on the current administration’s policy priorities for the region and the implications for Asian allies and partners – both in terms of regional security and economic engagement. 


About the Speaker


Kurt Campbell

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

The Asia Group, LLC


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.

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 the recently published The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia. He’s also the co-author of Difficult Transitions: Why Presidents Fail in Foreign Policy at the Outset of Power, and Hard Power: The New Politics of National Security. 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 U.S. 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.

Rexon Ryu


The Asia Group, LLC

Rexon Y. Ryu is a Partner of The Asia Group, LLC (TAG). Drawing on two decades of experience working in global diplomacy, national policymaking, and executive leadership, Rexon offers companies in-depth strategic and political insight across the Asia-Pacific region and a nuanced ability to translate geopolitical and economic trends, events, and relationships into results-oriented business development campaigns, advocacy, and government relations strategy. Having served three Presidents at the highest levels of the U.S. government since first entering public service in 1994, Rexon has worked extensively with both Republicans and Democrats, navigating political complexities to achieve actionable results. At The Asia Group, Rexon supports clients in strategic sectors through market entry and expansion strategies, efforts to address political-level policy decisions that carry market implications, and strategic communications outreach.

At the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon, Rexon has worked on the major foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States, notably in Asia and the Middle East. Through his work, Rexon has helped to expand strategic alliances and relationships, project U.S. influence globally, employ U.S. power against adversaries, prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and plan for future challenges and opportunities.

Rexon most recently served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense, and former Republican Senator from Nebraska, Chuck Hagel. Rexon helped lead and manage the Department of Defense, the world’s largest organization of nearly three million personnel with a budget exceeding $500 billion. He worked closely with the Secretary and the Department’s civilian and military leaders on all priority issues, including combatting terrorism in the Middle East, the strategic rebalance to Asia, accomplishing far-reaching institutional reform, and advancing the U.S. military’s innovation and technology advantage.

Rexon also worked on the President’s National Security Council staff from 2009 to 2011, during which time he was focused on nonproliferation, Iran, and North Korea. In this capacity, he served on the U.S. delegation for several rounds of multilateral negotiations with Iran. Rexon served as the Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2011 to 2014, where he directed the Ambassador’s Washington office under both Susan Rice and Samantha Power. In this position, Rexon played a direct role in formulating, deciding, and implementing nearly all consequential national security decisions as a standing member of the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee.

Rexon served for four years in the U.S. Senate as the foreign policy adviser for then-Senator Hagel. He began his public service career at the State Department, where he served abroad in both Cairo and Jerusalem, and as special assistant to then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

Rexon also holds the following positions: nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the International Advisory Board for the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and member of the Board of Trustees for HALO USA. Rexon is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rexon lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.

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