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PacNet #55 – Cultivating Tomorrow’s Asia Hands

Discussions about the US "rebalancing" to the Asia-Pacific region have focused on the rhetoric and resources surrounding the effort. But after more than a decade of America’s aspiring foreign policy practitioners choosing and being directed to language training and graduate programs focused on terrorism and the Middle East, we also need a successful rebalancing of our human capital to the Asia-Pacific region to posture the United States for success. Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said at the annual CNAS conference: "We have now built an unbelievable cadre of people that can tell you every aspect about how to do post-conflict reconstruction. What I am hoping for and what I believe will be necessary […] is to build a similar cohort of people that are deeply, profoundly knowledgeable about Asia."