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September 13, 2017
The Future Shape of Mekong Cooperation

The Diplomat

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is the regional, intergovernmental organization tasked with facilitating the sustainable development of shared water resources between the countries of the Lower Mekong Basin – Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Although the organization has been recognized as among the leading multilateral resource management bodies in the developing world, it has come under increasing criticism over the past decade for its inability to prevent unchecked hydropower development along the Mekong mainstream and tributaries.

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August 13, 2017
Vice Chair Rich Verma Inducted in Cambria County Military Hall of Fame

The Tribune-Democrat

Before Richard Verma represented the United States in the Air Force or as an ambassador to India, he was a child growing up in Cambria County, learning the values that eventually helped him achieve those accomplishments.

And to this day, Verma still remains connected to his old home.

He plans to come back again next weekend to participate in two events. On Friday, Verma is scheduled to speak during the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ 2017 Founders’ Day when the organization plans to present its annual report. Then, on Saturday, he will be inducted into the Cambria County Military Hall of Fame during a ceremony set to take place at 1 p.m. inside the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

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August 10, 2017
Vice Chair Rich Verma Speaks on U.S.-India Relationship


WASHINGTON: The Trump Administration has recognised India as a major foreign policy priority, a former top American diplomat has said, noting that the credit for strong ties between the two nations goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former US President Barack Obama.

“I do think India has been recognised as a major foreign policy priority (in the Trump Administration) and one that from the president on down, people are vested in, and that’s very encouraging,” Richard Rahul Verma, the former US Ambassador to India, told news agency PTI. “The over all trajectory of the relationship has been quite good,” he said.

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August 3, 2017
Vice Chair Rich Verma’s Op-ed on Innovation in the Economic Times

The Economic Times

One of the great honours of having served as US Ambassador to India was visiting all 29 states and engaging with dynamic students, business and civil society leaders, and government officials.
Across the incredible diversity of landscapes and cultures, the enthusiasm for the promise of India’s future was palpable. Young people, in particular, brimmed with excitement about the opportunities available to them in a rising India. Experts say we are living in an ‘Asian century’. But my own view is that the 21st century will be defined by the rise and promise of India.

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July 26, 2017
The Asia Group Welcomes Air Force Colonel Trey Meeks as Principal

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 26, 2017) – The Asia Group announced today that Air Force Colonel Trey Meeks has joined the firm as a Principal. Colonel Meeks brings with him twenty-five years of military and government experience, following a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force. Throughout his military career Colonel Meeks has held numerous leadership positions, serving across Asia and in the United States

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