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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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July 20, 2017
Ambassador Rich Verma Joins The Asia Group as Vice Chair

The Asia Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2017) – The Asia Group announced today that Ambassador Richard Verma has joined the firm as Vice Chairman and Partner. Ambassador Verma brings over two decades of experience at the highest levels of government, business, and diplomacy across the Indo-Pacific region. As the U.S. Ambassador to India, he oversaw a dramatic transformation in the bilateral relationship, resulting in historic strategic and commercial achievements.

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July 11, 2017
The Asia Group Welcomes Dr. Siddharth Mohandas as Director of Research

The Asia Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 11, 2017) – The Asia Group announced today that Dr. Siddharth
Mohandas has joined the firm as Director of Research. Dr. Mohandas brings with him nearly 20
years of experience working on Asia-related issues, both in government and academia.
“Siddharth is one of the sharpest minds on the Asia-Pacific region today, and we are thrilled to
have him on the team.” said Dr. Kurt Campbell, Chairman and CEO of the Asia Group.

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July 7, 2017
Restarting Six-Party Talks is the Best Way to Fix North Korea

Financial Times

The pervasive sense of crisis that engulfs the Korean peninsula defies immediate solutions. It is increasingly apparent that the much-hyped “plan” that President Donald Trump tweeted for solving the North Korean conundrum either does not exist or is too difficult to realise.

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June 28, 2017
TAG Chair Dr. Kurt M. Campbell on North Korea


Korea is the land of lousy options and the Trump team has lurched from one preferred course of action to another. First there were threats of military action, followed by hints of financial sanctions against Chinese and North Korean entities, and then more recently, (misplaced) hope by the President himself that China would step in and solve the North Korea problem for Washington.

The early confidence of the Trump team has gradually receded as it becomes clear the complex and unyielding dynamic of the Korean peninsula is impervious to quick and easy fixes. Nothing could have made this point more poignantly than the tragic return and subsequent death of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student wrongly imprisoned and mistreated by North Korean authorities.

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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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