Diplomacy in Focus: A Conversation on South and Central Asia with Ambassador Donald Lu

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Event Postponed. Due to the impending government shutdown, Amb. Lu will no longer be traveling to California. We are currently looking to reschedule this event.


Join the Pacific Council on International Policy for an engaging conversation with Ambassador Donald Lu, accomplished United States diplomat and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Amb. Lu will share his perspectives on the multifaceted challenges and opportunities within this critical region of the world. From Afghanistan and Pakistan to India, Amb. Lu will delve into the intricate web of political, economic, and security dynamics that shape the region.  

During the discussion, participants will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the United States' strategic priorities in South and Central Asia, and how they align with the broader global context. Amb. Lu will explore the United States' commitment to promoting stability, security, and economic development in the region, as well as fostering strong bilateral and multilateral partnerships.    

The conversation will also touch on the topics of counter-terrorism, regional integration, human rights, and democracy promotion. Participants will have the chance to gain insight into the United States' policy approach, current challenges, and future goals throughout the region.


Donald Lu became Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs on September 15, 2021.  Prior to this assignment, Assistant Secretary Lu served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic from 2018 to 2021 and the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Albania from 2015-2018. Before his posting in Albania, Assistant Secretary Lu worked on the Ebola crisis in West Africa as the Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response in the Department of State. Lu is a Foreign Service Officer with more than 30 years of U.S. government service. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in India (2010-2013), Chargé d’Affaires (2009-2010) and DCM (2007-2009) in Azerbaijan, and as DCM in Kyrgyzstan (2003-2006). READ MORE.

Dr. Jerrold D. Green is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles. He is concurrently a Research Professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Green was previously a Partner at Best Associates in Dallas, Texas, a privately held merchant banking firm with global operations. He also occupied senior management positions at the RAND Corporation where he served as the Director of International Programs and Development and was awarded the RAND Medal for Excellence. READ MORE.


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