Hamilton Lugar School “East Asia and the World” Speaker Series
Engaging the IU and HLS Community in Conversations with Leading Experts on East Asian International Affairs and U.S. Strategy
Several years ago, I founded the “East Asia and the World” (EATW) Speaker Series at HLS, which I continue to organize. This series offers IU Bloomington students and faculty various opportunities to engage with leading thinkers from across the United States on major issues driving East Asian security, economics, and international and domestic politics.
Since the series began in November 2015, “East Asia and the World” has brought to Bloomington roughly a dozen former high-level government officials and scholars from such highly esteemed institutions as Princeton, Georgetown, Berkeley, the Brookings Institution, CSIS, the Paulson Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations, to name a few. (a full list of speakers appears below)
Visiting speakers in the series offer public lectures on topics of contemporary U.S. foreign policy relevance, such as China’s rise, Japan’s grand strategy, the Korean Peninsula, U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy, and the implications of East Asian economic interdependence for regional security. They also meet with HLS students to discuss their current research and contemporary international politics, as well as to share their own professional experiences and career advice.
The HLS “East Asia and the World” Speaker Series facilitates an important conversation in America’s heartland about the changing nature of global politics and the importance of countries in East Asia to the United States, and to one another. The speaker series engages members of the IU Bloomington community in an ongoing, spirited discussion about how to understand East Asia and its relations with the world, the difficult choices that policymakers face in a dynamic and complicated region, and the impact these decisions have on regional and global peace and prosperity, the United States, and Indiana.
The speaker series is currently seeking outside financial support to ensure its sustainability. So if you happen to be a very generous donor interested in supporting a flagship Midwestern public research university’s ability to engage students with the leading thinkers on contemporary international affairs in East Asia, please contact me.
Past speakers in the Series include (listed in chronological order):
- Prof. Thomas J. Christensen (Princeton University), former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
- Amb. Mark Minton (Indiana University), former Ambassador to Mongolia and retired career Foreign Service Officer
- Prof. Richard J. Samuels (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- Dr. Sheila A. Smith (Council on Foreign Relations)
- Prof. Oriana Skylar Mastro (Georgetown University)
- Prof. T.J. Pempel (University of California, Berkeley)
- Prof. John Yasuda* (Indiana University)
- Dr. Evan Feigenbaum* (Paulson Institute), former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia; member of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff
- Dr. Mireya Solis* (Brookings Institution)
- Prof. Adam P. Liff* (Indiana University)
- Prof. Andrew Oros (Washington College)
- Prof. Michael J. Green (Georgetown University; CSIS), former Senior Asia Director at the U.S. National Security Council
- Prof. Victor D. Cha (Georgetown University; CSIS), former Director for Asian Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council
- Prof. David Bosco (Indiana University)
- Dr. Amy Searight (CSIS), former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, and former Principal Director for East Asian Security at the Pentagon
- Dr. Richard Bush (Brookings Institution), former chairman and managing director at the American Institute in Taiwan, and former national intelligence officer for East Asia
*Invited as part of SGIS’ annual flagship conference on “America’s Role in the World”
- April 6, 2020: Prof. Ezra Vogel (Harvard University), Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus; former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the U.S. National Intelligence Council (1993-1995)
- cosponsored with the 21st Century Japan Politics & Society Initiative
- April 22, 2020: Mr. Ryan Hass (Brookings Institution), former director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia at the U.S. National Security Council (2013-2017)