Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell speaks at the third annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections on December 8, 2009. Conducted simultaneously in thirty-five U.S. cities and subsequently four in China, the program included a live nationwide webcast with Assistant Secretary Campbell in a conversation with National Committee Vice President Jan Berris.
Assistant Secretary Campbell discusses the U.S.-China relationship in light of recent developments including President Obama's visit to China, the financial crisis, trade and the Copenhagen summit. Following his remarks, Assistant Secretary Campbell answers questions sent by audience members at venues across the country.
Prior to assuming his current position, Kurt Campbell was 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. Dr. Campbell has served in several capacities in government, including as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia and the Pacific, a director on the National Security Council staff, deputy special counselor to the president for NAFTA in the White House, and White House fellow at the Department of the Treasury.
The National Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States among citizens of both countries. The National Committee's continuity of experience and depth of associations with senior officials and distinguished citizens of China and the United States make it a unique national resource. The National Committee focuses its exchange, educational, and policy programs on international relations, economic development and management, governance and legal affairs, environmental and other global concerns, mass communication, and education administration -- addressing these issues with respect to the People's Republic, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan.
Dr. Kurt M. Campbell
Dr. Kurt M. Campbell is Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and formerly Henry A. Kissinger chair, senior vice president, and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
He is also the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and worked at the Pentagon during the Clinton and first Bush administrations. He lives in Washington, DC.