US-ASEAN Business Council Welcomes Asia Expert Dr. Kurt Campbell as New U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
(Washington, D.C.) — The US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) welcomes the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Kurt Campbell as the next Deputy Secretary of State. A long-time Asia expert and practitioner, Dr. Campbell most recently served as the White House National Security Council’s Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, where he was President Biden’s principal advisor on Asian affairs.
Throughout his career, which spans both the public and private sectors, Dr. Campbell has always understood the importance of and championed U.S.-Southeast Asia relations. During the first 100 days of the Biden Administration, he partnered with USABC to convene a series of discussion between a group of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ambassadors and several senior White House and U.S. Government officials on issues of mutual interests to the United States and ASEAN.
“Kurt Campbell’s appointment indicates that – notwithstanding crises in the Middle East and Europe – the Biden Administration remains committed to strengthening relations in the Indo-Pacific.” said Ambassador Ted Osius, President, and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “His deep knowledge, impressive network, and diplomatic savvy will no doubt serve to advance America’s strategic interests abroad, and reassure allies, partners, and friends in the region that we have steady hands at the helm of our foreign policy apparatus.”