Just days after the inauguration of the 45th President, Asia Society convenes a special town meeting to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the new U.S. administration in Asia. The meeting follows the publication of several policy recommendations put forth by the Asia Society Policy Institute, as well as a curated selection of brief “Memos To The President” submitted by our global network. Asia Society President Josette Sheeran and Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd will lead the discussions, joined by other leaders from the business and policy spheres. The aim will be to identify the key challenges and opportunities facing the region—from maritime disputes to a nuclear North Korea, economic concerns raised by a China “bubble” to the consequences of a U.S. rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the ramifications of a potential U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal and the Paris climate accord—and other critical issues.
What will a Trump Administration mean for Asia? Which of his campaign pledges and statements will become actual policy? What do the initial appointments and statements of the Trump Administration signify for the road forward? Join us for a very special event.
Recent elections show a rise in populism, nationalism, and protectionism that signal a challenge to the post-WWII global order. This new reality, which in itself brings uncertainty, is also giving rise to growing transnational challenges such as climate change, mass migration and refugee crises, as well as traditional and non-traditional security threats. Think tanks, in turn, work to analyze, develop, and promote policy solutions to these and other pressing domestic and global challenges. While the importance of think tanks is increasing, they now operate in information-rich societies where facts, evidence, and research don’t always seem to matter. These trends challenge the sustainability and impact of think tanks, which have to work to achieve a balance between relevance, rigor, accessibility, and accountability.
The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program are pleased to present a panel discussion on the role of international affairs think tanks during this critical juncture in U.S. and global politics. This event also serves at the New York launch of the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index report.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please contact PolicyInstitute@asiasociety.org.