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April 28, 2020
TAG VP John Lichtefeld and Courtney Weatherby on How COVID-19 Will Impact Food Security in Drought-Stricken Cambodia

Foreign Policy

Over the past year, severe drought exacerbated by upstream hydropower dams has throttled agricultural productivity, devastated fisheries, and threatened the livelihoods of millions of people in the Mekong River Basin. The coronavirus pandemic is compounding this situation, disrupting supply chains and increasing price volatility for rice and other staples. While Mekong governments have assured their populations of secure food supplies, concerns are growing around the affordability and accessibility of food for the region’s most vulnerable populations. Nowhere are these risks of growing food insecurity more evident than in Cambodia.

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April 28, 2020
Press Release: The Asia Group Expands In-Country Advisory Network Across Asia

The Asia Group

The Asia Group (“TAG”) is committed to investing in world-class government affairs talent and proven market expertise to help clients continue to succeed in the dynamic Indo-Pacific region. Building on our strong foundation, TAG is pleased to announce that we have expanded our elite network of in-country advisors in order to further strengthen our real-time connectivity and direct engagement in the region. These investments, combined with TAG’s office in Hanoi and expansion in New Delhi, further augment our ability to advance client interests and excel amid the challenging circumstances of COVID-19.

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April 27, 2020
TAG Chairman & CEO Dr. Kurt M. Campbell Becomes Senior Advisor of Equal


TAG Chairman and CEO Dr. Kurt M. Campbell becomes Senior Advisor at Equal, a nonprofit organization focused on illuminating and reducing unconscious bias in the development and use of artificial intelligence. Equal works with leaders and experts across business, technology, and government to develop standards and tools, as well as identifyregulatory and legislative solutions, to increase awareness and reduce bias.

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April 14, 2020
TAG Chairman and CEO Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Thomas Wright on the Initial Challenges a Biden Administration Might Face

The Atlantic

If Joe Biden wins the election in November, he will likely be sworn in—perhaps virtually—under the most challenging circumstances since Harry Truman became president in 1945. The country will probably be in the end stages of a brutal pandemic and faced with the worst economy since the Great Depression. The Treasury will be significantly depleted. Millions of people will have lost loved ones, their jobs, much of their net worth. Hopefully a vaccine or an effective treatment will be closer to reality, and our national attention can shift to what comes next.

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April 2, 2020
Vice Chair Rich Verma Briefs USISPF on United States' USD 2 Trillion Stimulus Bill

On April 1, TAG Vice Chair Ambassador Rich Verma briefed members of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum on the focus areas of the United States’ recent USD 2 trillion stimulus bill and the new opportunities for investment that the bill creates.

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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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