Asia: Restoring American Prestige and Shaping the Future
On June 26, 2008, the Carnegie Endowment hosted an event with Douglas Paal, director of the China Program, who offered some practical suggestions on what needs to be fixed in Asia.
Speaking broadly, Paal recommended the next administration send clear signals about continuing the steady course of engagement, avoiding direct linkage of the human rights and trade agendas- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Douglas H. Paal is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International (2006–2008) and was an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan (2002–2006). He was on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush between 1986 and 1993 as director of Asian Affairs and then as senior director and special assistant to the president.
Douglas Paal discusses his recommendation regarding U.S. policy in Asia that the new president appoint a cabinet-level official educated in Asian studies to focus specifically on the Asian region and advise the president on Asian issues.
Douglas Paal suggests the U.S. cooperate with other Asian nations, even those with whom they have major disagreements, in giving assistance to Pakistan and targeting where aid money should be directed.
Douglas Paal talks about the difficult balance the U.S. is having to find in order to simultaneously encourage China in addressing human rights issues, while still maintaining friendly economic relations and avoiding "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" at every conflict.