South China Sea: An update on Diplomacy and Developments

  • 23 Aug 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
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Sheldon Simon, Ph.D.
Ambassador (ret.) Doug Hartwick


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Talking Points

*China and Southeast Asian Diplomacy

*Divisions within ASEAN on South China Sea issue

*U.S./China/ASEAN Challenges and Diplomatic Engagement

Sheldon Simon  Bio

(Ph.D. University of Minnesota) is professor in the School of Politics & Global Studies at ASU where he has been on the faculty since 1975.  A specialist in Asian international politics and US national security, Sheldon has been a consultant to the Departments of State and Defense on US Security Policy in Asia and is a research scholar at The National Bureau of Asian Research.  He is also an academic associate of the US National Intelligence Council.  The author or editor of ten books and 200 articles and book chapters on Asian Security issues,  most recently he is the US-Southeast Asia author in the triannual Ejournal, Comparative Connections, published by Pacific Forum, a component of the Washington, D.C. Center for Strategic and International Studies.  Sheldon has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in Canada and the United States and held the Visiting Asia-Pacific Mentor Professor Chair at the US Naval War College in 2010-2011.

Ambassador (ret.) Doug Hartwick Bio

Ambassador Hartwick serves as a part-time State Department Senior Inspector and Team Leader in the Office of the Inspector General and as a foreign affairs lecturer. Retiring in 2007 after 31 years in the Foreign Service, he was Lockheed Martin Corporation’s India corporate head from 2007 to 2009. From 2006-2007, he was Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President, responsible for trade relations in South Asia. Mr. Hartwick served as adjunct professor at Arizona State University in 2015 on topics related to U.S. diplomacy.  He was on the faculty and served as International Advisor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University (NDU) 2004-5. In 2005, he led the State Department’s Asian Tsunami Reconstruction Task Force coordinating U.S. assistance to affected countries. He is a board member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and former board member of The Mountain Institute(2009-14) and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William and Mary (2006-2014). He continues to serve as senior advisor to Legacies of War, a NGO dedicated to removal of unexploded ordnance in Laos. 

Mr. Hartwick served as U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 2001 to 2004. Under his leadership, his embassy team advanced important U.S. goals, including restoring normal trade relations with the U.S., protecting human and religious freedom rights, and providing humanitarian assistance. Earlier notable assignments included Southeast Asia Director in the State Department’s East Asia and Pacific Bureau, Counselor of Embassy for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy India and at the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia. He is a National Defense University Capstone Fellow (2001).

Mr. Hartwick speaks French, Spanish and Lao.  He holds a B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary,an M.A. in applied economics and development from Stanford University and an M.S.(Distinguished Graduate) in national security strategy from the National War College.  He is married to Regina Zuehlke-Hartwick and they have two daughters.  Mr. Hartwick enjoys back-packing, scuba-diving, trekking, hiking and golf. He and his wife currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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