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Published on Dec 14, 2011
Jeffrey Bader, Visiting Scholar from the Brookings Institution
The Obama administration has increased the priority the nation pays to the Asia Pacific region, believing that US interests in the long term will be profoundly engaged in that part of the world. President Obama believes it would be in the interest of the United States for China's rise to accord with international norms and contribute to regional and global stability. Jeffrey Bader, who was in charge of Asia Pacific policy at the National Security Council from January 2009 to April 2011, will discuss the Obama policy toward China as well as US interactions with Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia in the context of Chinese assertiveness.
From January 2009 until April 2011, Jeffrey Bader was special assistant to the President for national security affairs and senior director for East Asian affairs at the National Security Council. He was chief advisor on Asian issues to Senator Obama during his campaign for the presidency. In 2001, as assistant US trade representative, Dr. Bader led the US delegation in completing negotiations on the accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization. He has served in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Namibia, Zambia, Congo, the US Mission to the United Nations, and Washington, DC.