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Asia Policy Debate 2008: The Next President's Strategy for Engagement

Over 300 people, representatives from over 12 embassies, and over 40 news outlets packed the National Press Club on September 22, 2008, for Asia Policy Debate 2008, as senior foreign policy advisors to presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama debated U.S. policy in Asia.

Michael J. Green and Daniel A. Blumenthal represented McCain/Palin and Ambassador Robert S. Gelbard and Frank Jannuzi represented Obama/Biden. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, NBR senior advisor, moderated the debate, and Lori Matsukawa, co-anchor of Seattle’s KING 5 News, served as the master of ceremonies.

Asia Policy Debate Transcript
Debate Agenda and Participant Bios
Asia Policy Debate in the News

NBR's Roy Kamphausen wrote about the Asia Policy Debate as a guest blogger on the State Department’s Blog. Read his posts below:

NBR is grateful to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, The Russell Family Foundation, Legatum Institute, Chevron, and Motorola for their support.

Asia Policy Debate Video

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Chinese Language Media Coverage

Japanese Language Media Coverage

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(Left to right) Frank Jannuzi, Robert Gelbard, Michael Green, and Daniel Blumenthal

Asia Policy Debate participants: (left to right) Frank Jannuzi, Robert Gelbard, Thomas Pickering, Michael Green, Lori Matsukawa, and Daniel Blumenthal