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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American troops are not likely to be withdrawn from the Korean Peninsula in the near future, said Joseph Yun, former U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, but could be at some point when all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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June 19, 2018
Vice Chairman Amb. Richard Verma Joins Paladin Capital Group

India West

Paladin Capital Group June 13 announced that former U.S. Ambassador to India and current vice chair at The Asia Group Richard Verma will join Paladin’s Strategic Advisory Group.

Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to India by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in December 2014, the former Indian American official oversaw one of the largest U.S. diplomatic missions in the world and championed historic progress in U.S.-India relations, with critical evolutions to bilateral cooperation in defense, trade, and clean energy, Paladin said in a news release.

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June 4, 2018
Senior Advisor Amb. Joseph Yun Asks If a Deal with North Korea is Really Possible

Foreign Affairs

Over the past few weeks, the on again-off again U.S.–North Korean summit has drawn a considerable amount of attention to the question of whether the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will even take place. But the danger of focusing on Trump and Kim’s game of hot and cold is that it is diverting focus from the more fundamental issue at hand: what a minimally successful agreement between Washington and Pyongyang should look like.

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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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