The US-Asia Institute’s 101 Series is an annual introductory professional development program that aims to educate Congressional staff members on key areas in US-Asia relations. The 101 series introduces and discusses critical aspects of contemporary Asia and explores their impact on the United States. It takes a historic perspective to provide broad overviews of various countries and regions including China, Japan, Korea and ASEAN.
It is off-the-record and exclusively open to Congressional staff. An audience of more than 1,200 people attends the program annually. Those who attend a pre-determined number of the sessions receive a Professional Development Certificate in recognition of their participation. Many participants will be eligible for consideration by USAI for Congressional staff delegations to Asia.
The series provides a chance to have an interactive dialogue with diverse experts with firsthand knowledge of East and Southeast Asia. The sessions feature a wide variety of practitioners and think tank, research, and analyst experts. Past speakers have included experts as varied in their experience, perspectives and presentations as:
Ambassador Stapleton Roy, Career Ambassador and Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China
Robert Daly, Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the US, Wilson Center
Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow of Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
Dr. David Dollar, Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Meredith Sumpter, Director, Asia Practice, Eurasia Group
Dr. Robert Sutter, Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University
Ernie Bower, BowerGroupAsia
Dr. Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University
Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Dr. J. James Kim, Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Prashanth Parmeswaran, the Diplomat
Richard Nash, Vice President of the Global Government Relations Group for PayPal
Thank you to the US-Japan Caucus, US-Korea Caucus, US-ASEAN Caucus, and the US-China Working Group for your partnership and support of the 101 series.
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