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The Fulcrum of the Pivot: ASEAN at the Center of 21st-Century Global Business and Politics

ASEANNovember 28, 2012
Tull Auditorium, Emory University School of Law

As part of the Halle Speaker Series, four U.S. ambassadors hosted a roundtable discussion about the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the global economy at Emory University on November 28, 2012. A question-and-answer session followed.

Participants included U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Paul Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore David Adelman 89L, and U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden.

This event was co-sponsored by the Emory University School of Law and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

About the Speakers

Paul JonesPaul W. Jones is the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia. He is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, with service in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, as well as a recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Service Award. Jones is a graduate of Cornell University with master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and the Naval War College. He speaks Spanish and Russian.



Derek MitchellDerek J. Mitchell is the U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar. Before his confirmation this past summer by the Senate, Ambassador Mitchell served as the first Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma with the rank of ambassador. He also served in various defense-related roles responsible for overseeing the Defense Department’s security policy in Northeast, Southeast, South, and Central Asia. For this, he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Distinguished Public Service in August 2011. With a master’s degree of arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Mitchell has served all over Asia in strategic, advisory, and directorial roles. He speaks Mandarin Chinese proficiently.



David AdelmanEmory alumnus David I. Adelman 89L has served as the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore since 2010. Through his efforts in leading trade missions, military cooperation, and partnership dialogues, Singapore has become one of America’s anchors in Asia. In addition to a historic increase in U.S. exports, direct foreign investment in Singapore is also at an all-time high. In 2013, the U.S. will deploy the first in class U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship to the country. Adelman has also established the U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program where both countries work jointly in health care, education and the environment. Prior to his appointment, he was a businessman, partner of an American law firm, university instructor, and member of the Georgia Senate. He holds graduate degrees in law and public administration.



David CardenSince 2011, David L. Carden has served as the first U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Previously, he was a partner at a leading international law firm where he co-chaired the Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice. Here, he represented clients in high-profile cases involving Lehman Brothers, Enron, and AIG. He also coordinated the defense of litigation in several countries, including those in Europe and the Caribbean, while conducting discovery and investigations in Asian and Middle Eastern countries. He received his Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.