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Event: Strategic Networks in the Indo-Pacific

This year the Biden administration unveiled its Indo-Pacific strategy and Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, aimed at increasing U.S. engagement with allies in the region. China continues to push for greater economic integration in the region through RCEP and its application to join the CPTPP. How have developments in U.S. and Chinese foreign policy impacted the Indo-Pacific? How have these developments impacted security considerations for countries in the Indo-Pacific? Rewatch this timely event when our guest speaker, Professor Robert Sutter, discussed how developments in U.S. and Chinese foreign policy are impacting the Indo-Pacific region.

About our Speaker:

Robert Sutter is Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University (2011-Present). He also served as Director of the School’s main undergraduate program involving over 2,000 students from 2013-2019. His earlier full-time position was Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University (2001-2011).

A Ph.D. graduate in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, Sutter has published 22 books (four with multiple editions), over 300 articles and several hundred government reports dealing with contemporary East Asian and Pacific countries and their relations with the United States. His most recent book is Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy of an Emerging Global Force, Fifth Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).

Sutter’s government career (1968-2001) saw service as senior specialist and director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service, the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Pacific at the US Government’s National Intelligence Council, the China division director at the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


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