Close Up Conversations - U.S. Foreign Policy: Pivot Towards Asia | Thursday, April 22 at 6pm (EST)
Date and Time: Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm (EST)
Description: With a new Secretary of State now at the helm at the State Department and a new Commander-in-Chief in the White House, American foreign policy towards China and all of Southeast Asia is likely to change from the past four years with the Trump Administration. Join us to learn how American foreign policy towards Southeast Asia will change and how will those countries respond to those changes with two distinguished guests from The Asia Foundation, John Brandon and Shirley Keating.
John J. Brandon is the senior director of The Asia Foundation’s International Relations programs, as well as the associate director of the Washington, DC office, Brandon managed the Foundation’s quadrennial “America’s Role in Asia” project in 2004 and 2008 as well as “Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia” in 2016, which examine U.S.-Asian relations in-depth and made recommendations on U.S. policy. His other responsibilities include monitoring U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific region and managing program activities in Washington. In 2007-2008 he participated in the Stanley Foundation project on “New Power Dynamics in Southeast Asia.” A Southeast Asia specialist by training, John Brandon’s opinion pieces on the region have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers around the United States.
Shirley Keating is the Program Officer for the International Relations Program at The Asia Foundation. Shirley provides research and support for International Relations Programming, like the Southeast Asia Roundtable Series. Before joining The Asia Foundation, Shirley gained experience through of internships and research positions at a variety of organizations, including the Atlantic Council, the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in U.S. Foreign Policy and Asian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
Joe Geraghty has been with Close Up for 36 years, starting as a program instructor in January 1984. He spent 23 years working on our weekly television show on C-SPAN and producing our award-winning educational documentaries. His award highlights include a Gavel Award from the American Bar Association for his work on “Profiles of Freedom: A Living Bill of Rights” and a Grand Award for Best Documentary from the New York Festivals for producing and writing “FightForFreedom: The Inspiring Story of African American Civil War Soldiers.” Joe was the editor of Close Up’s “Current Issues” annual textbook for four years. Since 2015, he has had the opportunity to work with this outstanding team of educators on the Close Up Foundation’s teacher program.