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December 1, 2020
Tea Leaves Podcast: General Dave Goldfein

In this Tea Leaves episode, Kurt is joined by TAG Partner Rexon Ryu to welcome on General Dave Goldfein, recently-retired Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. General Goldfein shares his experiences guiding the 650,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian personnel that make up the U.S. Air Force through the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The three also discuss the future of the Air Force in Asia, how the Air Force approaches technological innovation, the importance of nuclear deterrence, and concepts of teamwork and leadership in the military.

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November 4, 2020
Winning in Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for Business in the COVID-19 Era

The Asia Group collaborated with Ernst & Young’s Global Geostrategic Business Group to produce a new report, “Winning in Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for Business in the COVID-19 Era.” The report highlights how Asia is uniquely poised to lead the global economic recovery process and how global businesses must reevaluate their geostrategies to succeed in the region. The report identifies key policy-related challenges and opportunities that firms face in today’s Asian business landscape and describes strategies that leaders can use to effectively harness Asia’s potential.

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November 2, 2020
Tea Leaves Podcast: Wendy Cutler

What’s next for the United States when it comes to trade? Is it ready, from a domestic politics perspective, to engage more deeply with its Asian partners? Kurt Campbell is joined by TAG Partner Kurt Tong for a conversation on all things trade with Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute’s Washington, DC office. Wendy also discusses digital trade and data flows as an increasingly important component of overall trade, as well as the role of multilateral trade organizations in today’s global economy. The three also chat about core trade issues that linger between the United States and China and how they might be addressed in the future.

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October 28, 2020
Video: The Future of US-India Relations with TAG Chairman & CEO Kurt M. Campbell and TAG Senior Advisor Ashley J. Tellis

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On October 27, The Asia Group (TAG) hosted a webinar on “The Future of U.S.-India Relations” featuring TAG Chairman and CEO Kurt M. Campbell in conversation with TAG Senior Advisor Ashley J. Tellis. The webinar covered a wide array of topics including Sino-Indian tensions, latest developments at the 2+2 Dialogue, priorities for the next U.S. administration, as well as other areas for diplomatic cooperation in 2021 and beyond.

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October 22, 2020
Tea Leaves Podcast: Robert Zoellick

In this Tea Leaves episode, Kurt talks with Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank and a distinguished diplomat, about diplomatic history as a tool to educate future policymakers in government. Using Bob’s newly published book: “America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy,” the two dive into specific events in U.S. history – including events before the outbreak of World War II – that can be applied to contemporary issues pertaining to trade, security, and the role domestic politics plays in shaping foreign policy.

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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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