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March 8, 2018
The Asia Group Launches Asia-Focused Podcast, Tea Leaves

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 8, 2018) – The Asia Group announced today the launch of Tea Leaves, a new podcast that will focus on the current affairs, foreign policy, business, and arts of Asia. The podcasts’ hosts, Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma, will lead a series of revealing interviews with policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and artists exploring the most dynamic and consequential region in the world. 

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February 13, 2018
Chairman and CEO Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner on "The China Reckoning"

Foreign Affairs

The United States has always had an outsize sense of its ability to determine China’s course. Again and again, its ambitions have come up short. After World War II, George Marshall, the U.S. special envoy to China, hoped to broker a peace between the Nationalists and Communists in the Chinese Civil War. During the Korean War, the Truman administration thought it could dissuade Mao Zedong’s troops from crossing the Yalu River. The Johnson administration believed Beijing would ultimately circumscribe its involvement in Vietnam. In each instance, Chinese realities upset American expectations.

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February 11, 2018
Vice Chairman Ambassador Rich Verma and Ambassador Nirupama Rao on How Smart Diplomacy is the Key to U.S.-India Relations

The Indian Express

Ex-India ambassador to US Nirupama Rao and former US ambassador to India Richard Verma talk about the rise of China and ways to get it to “play by the rules”, reflect on the “shifting” role of US, discuss the next steps in India-US ties after the civil nuclear deal, and underline the need for job creation, inclusive economics.

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February 8, 2018
President Nirav Patel on Why the U.S. Should Offer a Digital Highway Initiative for Asia

The Straits Times

One of China’s greatest contributions to global strategy has been the ability to turn the building of roads and infrastructure into metrics of national power and global influence.

To Beijing’s credit, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a brilliant diplomatic and strategic marketing tool for China Inc.

China, with much fanfare in the developing world, is doing what no other power has accomplished, perhaps since president Dwight Eisenhower’s United States in the post-World War II environment – namely, the ability to integrate various tools of national power, from commerce and finance to diplomacy and military.

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January 29, 2018
Chairman Dr. Kurt M. Campbell Named McCain Institute's 2018 Kissinger Fellow

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The McCain Institute for International Leadership today announced its 2018 Kissinger Fellow, Kurt Campbell. His one-year fellowship begins tonight at an annual dinner in New York City with Dr. Henry Kissinger, the McCain Institute’s cohort of next generation leaders, and other notables.

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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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