On the eve of the 72nd UN General Assembly meetings, the man who served as President Obama’s “point person” for Asia shares his insights on some of the most important issues in the Asia-Pacific region. From climate change to the North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile program, China’s Belt and Road Initiative to the South China Sea—get an insider’s view of Asia’s hotspots and headlines.
Daniel Russel joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow in April 2017. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he served until recently as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on July 12, 2013, Mr. Russel served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Asian Affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia Pacific region, including efforts to strengthen alliances, deepen U.S. engagement with multilateral organizations, and expand cooperation with emerging powers in the region. Mr. Russel was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and
University College, University of London, UK.