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.

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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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