Go behind the scenes with The Asia Group’s Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma in a series of revealing interviews with policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and artists exploring the most dynamic and consequential region in the world. These guys know Asia.
Dr. Kurt M. Campbell is CEO and Chairman of The Asia Group, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs from 2009 to 2013. Richard Verma is Vice Chairman and Partner at The Asia Group, and served as the United States Ambassador to India from 2015 to 2017.
In this Tea Leaves episode, Kurt talks with Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank and a distinguished diplomat, about diplomatic history as a tool to educate future policymakers in government. Using Bob’s newly published book: “America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy,” the two dive into specific events in U.S. history – including events before the outbreak of World War II – that can be applied to contemporary issues pertaining to trade, security, and the role domestic politics plays in shaping foreign policy. To view the full video of the conversation, please visit: https://theasiagroup.com/in-the-news/
In this Tea Leaves episode, Kurt and Rich sit down with Aparna Pande and discuss her new book, “Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power.” The three also discuss tensions in the India-China relationship, protectionist dynamics in local Indian politics and society, and assessing the future trajectory of the U.S.-India relationship with regards to defense, people-to-people ties, and diplomacy. To view the full video of the conversation with Aparna, please visit: https://theasiagroup.com/in-the-news/
In this Tea Leaves conversation, Kurt and Rich sit down with one of the leading energy policy experts in the world – Dr. Daniel Yergin. The three discuss the significant geopolitical ramifications of U.S. energy independence following the shale gas revolution. Dr. Yergin also discusses the emergence of a mixed global energy system as well as the complexities associated with nuclear power as an energy source in both Asia and the United States. They also talk about the energy demands of China associated with its Belt and Road Initiative and its actions in the South China Sea.
Have Washington and Beijing stumbled into uncharted territory? In this Tea Leaves discussion, Kurt, Rich, and TAG Senior Advisor Evan Medeiros discuss all things China. The three pull back the veil on what’s going on today in the upper echelons of Chinese politics and offer unique insights that explain China’s rise and how the rest of the world – including the United States – has reacted to it. Evan also talks about the difficulties that the United States faces in cultivating future policy alongside allies and partners toward China in the years ahead. To access the full video conversation of the episode, please visit: https://theasiagroup.com/in-the-news/
In this Tea Leaves episode, Kurt and Rich are joined by Ben Bland, Director of the Southeast Asia program at the Lowy Institute. Ben, currently based in Sydney, shares important insights from his new book, “Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia,” which is the first English-language biography of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The three roll back the curtain on Indonesia – Southeast Asia’s largest economy – and discuss what’s currently at stake amid the COVID pandemic. To access the full video conversation of the episode, please visit: https://theasiagroup.com/in-the-news/
Larry La of Meiwah Restaurant
On this Tea Leaves episode, Kurt and Rich talk with Larry La, owner of Meiwah Restaurant, a DC favorite frequented by former presidents, diplomats, and global celebrities. Larry shares his experiences as a restauranteur amid the ongoing pandemic, his Vietnamese roots, and his inspiring story as an American immigrant moving to the country in the late 1970s. The full video of this conversation can be found on the news section of The Asia Group’s website: https://theasiagroup.com/in-the-news/.
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I’ve been an admirer of Kurt Campbell since meeting him as a junior Foreign Service Officer in 1999 in Thailand. I hope some day to meet Ambassador Verma. Together they exemplify the best of American foreign policy thinkers — experienced, insightful, inquisitive and aspirationally objective, by which I mean that while they count among the Democratic Party cognoscenti, their approach almost always transcends partisan bias. Terrific. My thanks to them both, Greg D’Elia
Great Questions, Very Interesting
The two hosts ask great questions and elicit insightful responses. I was particularly impressed by Dr. Campbell's artful questions about the efficacy of the Department of State on the policymaking process during the lead-up to the Second U.S.-Iraq War during the first part of the postcast with Ambassador Burns.
Kurt and Rich are two of the sharpest thinkers on Asia. Very informative and well produced podcast.