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Mansfield Center Asian Leadership Forum

David Steinberg and Abraham Kim during an Asian Leadership Forum lectureU.S.-Asian relations will impact the future of the United States and the world. This dynamic and growing region has already left its mark on the world's economy, environment and politics. Long-time allies and critical trading partners rub shoulders with each other and with nations vital to the question of the area's future stability and security, like North Korea. Understanding this region and its complex histories and current realities is a necessary part of moving forward in a global world.

The Mansfield Center Asian Leadership Forum invites national experts on the region to speak to the Missoula community and to open a dialogue on questions critical to Missoula, Montana and the United States. All Asian Leadership Forum lectures are free and open to the public.

Fall 2014

David Hamon
Alex Philp, Ph.D

Date: December 4, 2014 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall

Speakers: David Hamon director of Banyan Analytics and a former senior official at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Alex Philp founder and president of GCS

In light of the recent Ebola outbreak and the call to the global community to address the containment of highly contagious and fatal diseases, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center hosted David Hamon and Alex Philp to discuss “Global Pandemics and Bioterrorism: Are We Prepared? Implementing Resiliency Through International Exchange, Planning and Capacity Development.” In their talk, Hamon and Philp examined how a global pandemic could affect Montana, the resiliency of the country’s infrastructure in the face of an outbreak or bioterrorist attack and what the U.S. can do to prepare itself for such an event. This event was free and open to the public.

CHINA Town Hall

President Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter

Robert A. Kapp
Robert A. Kapp

Date: October 16, 2014 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Gallagher Business Building Room 106

Speakers: President Jimmy Carter (live national webcast)
and Robert A. Kapp, President of Robert A. Kapp & Associates

The Mansfield Center was pleased to once again host the CHINA Town Hall, bringing the national discussion of U.S.-China relations to Missoula. The 2014 CHINA Town Hall opened with a live webcast by former President Jimmy Carter, including a question and answer segment that was open to members of the Missoula audience. Following the webcast, Robert A Kapp discussed the economic challenges and opportunities facing China and the U.S.

CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving about 70 cities throughout the United States. It is co-sponsored by The Mansfield Center, The UM School of Business Administration, The National Committee on United States-China Relations, and The Carter Center.

Past Asian Leadership Forum Events

A truck full of soldiers driving through a village during the Korean War

Memories of the Korean War: Stories and Artifacts
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Vice President, The Korea Society

The lights of Seoul at night

Korea and Northeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Mark Minton, Dr. Stephen Noerper, and Dr. Abraham Kim

Mike Mansfield sitting on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building

The Life and Legacy of Mike Mansfield
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Mark Minton, Congressman Pat Williams, and Dr. Paul Lauren

Kathleen Stephens

U.S. Public Diplomacy and Leadership in East Asia
Speaker: Kathleen Stephens, the first U.S. woman Ambassador to South Korea

David Steingerb

Burma: Reforms and Opportunities for the Future in Southeast Asia
Speaker: David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University

David Hamon

Asia and Cyber Security
Speaker: David Hamon, Director of Banyan Analytics and former Senior Official with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency