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July 5, 2018
Vice Chairman Amb. Richard Verma Calls Upon Men to Promote Gender Equality at 'Saris to Suits' Women Empowerment Gala

India West

Six years ago, Patti Tripathi, a former news anchor at CNN – the first and perhaps the only Indian American woman to hold that position – launched a radically impactful calendar, ‘Saris to Suits,’ as a tool to empower South Asian women, and to redefine what constitutes a modern-day South Asian woman.

On May 31, Tripathi organized the first benefit event to mark six years of the calendar, which has featured trailblazers like Houston University president/chancellor Dr. Renu Khator, human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, cancer researcher, MIT professor and biotech entrepreneur Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia; and author-poet and Arjun Award-winning shooter Roopa Unnikrishnan.

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July 4, 2018
Vice Chairman Amb. Richard Verma Named Belfer Center Senior Fellow

Business Standard

Indian-American Richard Verma, the former US Ambassador to India, was today named as senior fellow to the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affair.

As Ambassador to India, Verma led one of the largest US embassies in the world, including four consulates and more than 2,500 employees.

“Rich’s extraordinary leadership and negotiation skills strengthened US-India ties at a time of great consequence for both countries,” said Ash Carter, Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defence, while announcing his appointment.

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July 3, 2018
Chairman & CEO Dr. Kurt M. Campbell on Possible Global Tension Escalation Ahead of President Trump's China Tariffs

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A former top US diplomat foresees global trade tensions escalating this week as US President Donald Trump imposes the first of many threatened tariffs on China.

Kurt Campbell, who was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs for President Barack Obama, spoke at Victoria University on Friday as part of a nationwide speaking tour.

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June 30, 2018
Chairman & CEO Dr. Kurt M. Campbell Comments on Likelihood of New Zealand Being Forced Out of Five Eyes Alliance


The US is unlikely to force New Zealand out of the Five Eyes spying alliance over close ties to China, a former US official says.

The story made headlines around the world and raised fears that Kiwis might be thrown out of the powerful alliance with Australia, Canada, the UK and the US.

But Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration, dismissed the idea.

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June 29, 2018
Senior Advisor Amb. Joseph Yun Comments on Potential Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from the Korean Peninsula

Korea Joongang Daily

American troops are not likely to be withdrawn from the Korean Peninsula in the near future, said Joseph Yun, former U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, but could be at some point when all outstanding issues are “resolved.”

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Insights from the Region

Our elite team of in-country Senior Advisors share their take on the latest developments in the dynamic Indo-Pacific region.

In terms of Japan’s national security, how to face and engage China is the most important strategic problem for Tokyo. China has changed its course, and President Xi seems to be turning away from the West.

Nobukatsu Kanehara

December 23, 2020
TAG Senior Advisor; Former Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary, Government of Japan
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