The Academy Assembly staff is dedicated to bringing qualified, experienced, and dynamic speakers to the conference. In the past, these speakers have included Ambassadors to foreign countries, diplomats, and revered authors amongst many others. In particular, the Assembly staff aims to provide delegates of the conference with significantly different viewpoints and experiences concerning this year's topic. As speakers are confirmed, their information, including a short biography, will be posted to this page.
|Key Note Speaker|
|Jon M. Huntsman, Jr
Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. Presidents in critical roles around the world including Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador and most recently U.S. Ambassador to China.
Twice elected as Utah's Governor, Jon Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the states rainy day fund and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure Utah was named the best managed state in America and best state in which to do business.
Recognized by others for his service, Governor Huntsman was elected as Chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving nineteen states throughout the region.
Governor Huntsman most recently ran as a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination until leaving the race in January 2012.
He currently serves on the board of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, The University of Pennsylvania, as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute and as a Trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation. In addition he serves as the Chairman of The Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and has seven honorary doctorate degrees.
|Speakers: Listed Alphabetically|
|Lt Gen (Ret) Dan "Fig" Leaf
Director, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Dan "Fig" Leaf became the Director, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in January 2012. Prior to that, he worked in the defense industry as vice president of full spectrum initiatives at Northrop Grumman Information Systems. Formerly the Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), Lt. Gen. Leaf retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2008 after more than 33 years of service. Other assignments during his Air Force career included Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command, Air Force Director of Operational Requirements, and multiple commands at squadron, group and wing levels. He was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2009 through 2011. Lt. Gen. (Ret) Leaf was a command pilot with more than 3,600 flight hours, including F-15 and F-16 combat missions. His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal.
A native of Shawano, Wisconsin, Lt. Gen. Leaf earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his commission as a distinguished graduate of the university's Air Force ROTC program in 1974. He also graduated with distinction from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He earned a master's degree in military art and science from the Command and General Staff College where he also served as a member of the faculty instructing Research Methodology and core Air Force courses, and serving as a thesis chairman for several masters candidates.
Lt. Gen. Leaf's Asia-Pacific experience includes his time at U.S. Pacific Command, a previous tour of duty at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, four years of duty assignments in both Korea and Japan, and temporary military duty across the region. As a civilian, he worked as a national exercise senior observer for USPACOM, and at Northrop Grumman gained industry experience with several Asia-Pacific customers.
The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a Department of Defense academic institute that addresses regional and global security issues. Military and civilian representatives, most from the U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations, participate in a comprehensive program of executive education, professional exchanges and outreach events, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The Center supports PACOM by developing and sustaining relationships among security practitioners and national security establishments throughout the region. APCSS' mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting, and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security. It is one of the Department of Defense's five regional security studies centers.
|Maj General Charles W. Hooper, U.S. Army
Director, Strategy, Plans and Programs
U.S. Africa Command
Major General Charles W Hooper, a native of Willingboro, New Jersey, is a 1979 graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Following graduation, he served as a training company executive officer at the U.S. Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky. In 1981, MG Hooper reported to the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he was an infantry platoon leader, battalion air operations officer, brigade air operations officer, assistant brigade operations officer and infantry company commander.
MG Hooper received a Master in Public Administration Degree from Harvard University in 1989. He was awarded the Don K. Price Award for Academic Excellence and Public Service and was the first Harvard Kennedy School of Government student selected to give the Graduate Student Address at a Harvard University Commencement.
Following graduate school, MG Hooper reported to the Defense Liaison Office, US Consulate General Hong Kong. During this tour, he studied Chinese language and traveled extensively in China, Russia, and Mongolia. He then served as a Brigade Logistics Officer and Battalion Executive Officer in the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1995, MG Hooper became the Assistant Army Attache, Defense Attache Office, US Embassy, Beijing, China. Upon returning from China in 1998, MG Hooper assumed command of the US Army Recruiting Battalion, Phoenix, Arizona responsible for Army recruiting in the Southwest US.
Following battalion command, MG Hooper reported to the Army Staff and assumed duties as the Deputy Division Chief and Senior Asia-Pacific Planner and Strategist, War Plans Division. In 2001 he became the Senior Country Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, before returning to the Army Staff in 2003 as Chief of the Army International Affairs Division.
MG Hooper returned to Harvard University in 2005 as an Army Chief of Staff Research Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He then served as a lecturer, Senior Army Officer and Foreign Area Officer Coordinator at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. Following his promotion to brigadier general, he was appointed the U.S. Defense Attache to People's Republic of China serving from 2007 until 2009. From 2009 until 2011, MG Hooper served as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu Hawaii.
MG Hooper is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Career Course, Defense Language Institute, US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College. He is also a graduate of the British Ministry of Defense Chinese Language School, Hong Kong. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge and the US Army Recruiter Badge.
MG Hooper is fluent in the Mandarin dialect of Chinese, the national language of China.
|Robert A. Kapp
President of Robert A. Kapp & Associates,Inc.
Robert A. Kapp is president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc., Port Townsend, Washington, USA. The firm provides consulting services to companies and nonprofit organizations seeking to develop successful activities with China or to engage with policy makers in the field of U.S.-China relations.
Dr. Kapp is Strategic Advisor to the U.S.-China Specialty Group at Burson-Marsteller, the prominent global public and government relations firm, and Senior China Advisor to the well known international law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP ("K&L Gates"). Both firms maintain extensive practices in China, and serve clients throughout Asia, North America, Europe, and elsewhere.
From April, 1994 to November, 2004, Dr. Kapp served as president of The US-China Business Council, the principal organization of American companies engaged in trade and investment with China. In addition to guiding the business services, publications, and program activities of the US-China Business Council from its offices in Washington, Beijing and Shanghai, Dr. Kapp contributed regularly to informed U.S. dialogue on China, through Congressional testimony, published articles, frequent media appearances, and presentations to educational and community organizations nationwide. He has been widely recognized in the United States and China as a leader in the effort to sustain strong, mutually respectful relations between the two nations.
In the non-profit sector, Dr. Kapp chairs the China Committee of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He also serves on a number of Advisory Boards of organizations deeply involved in contemporary Chinese affairs and U.S.-China relations, including The U.S.-China Education Trust, The China Economic Quarterly; the Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business; and the International Center for Civil Society Law (ICCSL). He is an Advisor to LinkAsia, a program of LinkTV.
In the field of Corporate Social Responsibility; Dr. Kapp was the principal initiator of The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund (www.uschinalegalcoop.org), a corporate-supported charitable program assisting joint US-China projects promoting the development of China's legal and judicial systems. Since its inception in 1998, the Fund has provided more than a million dollars in support of a wide range of innovative and successful programs.
From 1979 to 1987, Dr. Kapp was the founding executive director of the Washington State China Relations Council, and from 1987 to 1994 he served as president of the Washington Council on International Trade, a not-for-profit trade information and education association primarily concerned with trade policy issues.
Dr. Kapp received a doctorate in modern Chinese history from Yale University, and from 1970 to 1980 taught Chinese history at Rice University (Houston) and the University of Washington (Seattle). He is the author of a scholarly monograph and other published research on 20th-century China. From 1986 to 1991, Dr. Kapp was Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Business Administration, where he received a Distinguished Teaching award. He was Editor of the The Journal of Asian Studies, 1978-80. Communicating With China (1980), which he edited, was a pioneering contribution to effective popular communication between the United States and China. An article by Dr. Kapp on U.S.-China relations recently appeared, in Chinese, in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences journal World Economy and Politics, (2009, no. 11).
Dr. Kapp is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the World Affairs Council, whose World Citizen Award he received in 1994.
Dr. Kapp has been a frequent visitor to China since January, 1977. He and his wife Catherine live in Port Townsend, Washington State, USA.
|Alice Lyman Miller
Hoover Institution and teaches in the Departments of History and
Political Science at Stanford
Alice Lyman Miller is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and teaches in the Departments of History and Political Science at Stanford. She is also a senior lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Prior to coming to Stanford in 1999, Miller taught at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. From 1980-90, she was a professorial lecturer in Chinese history and politics at SAIS. From 1990-2000, she was associate professor of China Studies and, for most of that period, director of the China Studies Program at SAIS. From 1974-90, Miller worked in the Central Intelligence Agency as a senior analyst in Chinese foreign policy and domestic politics, and branch and division chief, supervising analysis on China, North Korea, Indochina, and Soviet policy in East Asia. Miller has lived and worked in Taiwan, Japan, and the PRC, and she speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Miller's research focuses on foreign policy and domestic politics issues in China and on the international relations of East Asia. She is editor and contributor to the Hoover Institution's China Leadership Monitor, which offers online authoritative assessments of trends in Chinese leadership politics and policy to American policymakers and the general public. Miller has published extensively on policy issues dealing with China, including several articles and book chapters, as well as two books: Science and Dissent in Post-Mao China: The Politics of Knowledge (University of Washington Press, 1996), and, with Richard Wich, Becoming Asia: Change and Continuity in Asian International Relations Since World War II (Stanford University Press, 2011). She is currently working on a new book, tentatively entitled The Evolution of Chinese Grand Strategy, 1550-Present, that brings a historical perspective to bear on China's rise in the contemporary international order.
Miller graduated from Princeton University in 1966, receiving a B.A. in Oriental Studies. She earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from George Washington University in 1969 and 1974. Formerly H. Lyman Miller, she transitioned in 2006.
|David Shambaugh |
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and founding Director of the China Policy Program
Since 1996 David Shambaugh has been Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution (1998-), and previously served as Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in the Elliott School (1996-1998).
Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (1987-1996), where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly 1991-96). He also directed the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1987-1988), and served as an analyst in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1976-77) and the U.S. National Security Council staff (1977-78).
Professor Shambaugh is recognized internationally as an authority on contemporary Chinese affairs, with particular expertise in Chinese domestic politics, China's military, Chinese foreign relations (esp. U.S.-China Relations, China-Europe relations, China-Asia relations), and the international politics and security of the Asia-Pacific region. He has authored or edited 26 books, including China Goes Global (2013); Tangled Titans: The United States & China (2012); Charting China's Future (2011); International Relations of Asia (2008); China's Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation (2008), China-Europe Relations: Perceptions, Policies & Prospects (2007), China Watching: Perspectives from Europe, Japan, and the United States (2007); Power Shift: China & Asia's New Dynamics (2005); The Odyssey of China's Imperial Art Treasures (2005); Modernizing China's Military (2003). He has also published approximately 200 articles, chapters, and editorials in edited books, scholarly and policy journals, and newspapers. He is also a frequent commentator in international media.
Professor Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and B.A. cum laude in East Asian Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has been a visiting scholar at numerous institutions in China, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan. He was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2002-2003), and has been a recipient of research grants from numerous institutions. He was appointed Honorary Research Professor of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) in 2008, and was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in China 2009-2010.
Professor Shambaugh has also held a number of consultancies-including with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. National Intelligence Council, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Rand Corporation, Library of Congress, Microsoft Corporation, Deutsche Bank, MacQuarie Securities, Standard Chartered Bank, The AlbrightStonebridge Group, and American Express International. He has served on twelve editorial boards and does peer reviewing for a number of private sector and government grant-making bodies. He has been a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, National Committee on U.S. China Relations (Board of Directors), World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, and other professional bodies.