Special Program: “The Year of Living Dangerously? Asia in 2019.”
A Cooperative Presentation with Albuquerque Oasis
The Program: After several decades of peace and rapid growth, Asia now faces security and economic challenges. Can a lasting peace and possible reunification come to the Korean peninsula? Will China pursue a more assertive policy, including its claims to the South China Sea? Will China alone shape the region’s economic future following our withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership? This session focuses on current security issues, political developments, and economic trends in Asia and their implications for US interests.
Presenter: Ambassador William Itoh is professor of the practice in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He was a career Foreign Service officer and served as executive secretary of the National Security Council at the White House and as ambassador to Thailand. He holds BA and MA degrees from UNM, was a logistics officer in the US Air Force and assistant professor of history at California State University Humboldt before entering the Foreign Service.