6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

National Security Challenges in Asia for the Next U.S. President

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America’s next president will inherit a multitude of national security challenges in Asia. These include instability and terrorism, nuclear proliferation, territorial disputes, and threats to critical sea lanes, among others. R. Nicholas Burns, one of America’s most accomplished diplomats, will discuss what he views as the major concerns in Asia for the United States, and offer guidance as to how the next U.S. president can best tackle them. He will give special attention to how, and to what extent, Washington can cooperate with its friends in Asia, such as India, to help manage and address these challenges confronting the broader region.

Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of the Wilson Center, will provide opening remarks.  Global Fellow Raymond Vickery will moderate the event.


  • Nicholas Burns

    Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School; former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and former Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow.