Upcoming Events

Public Events

Careers in Government: Navigating the World of Political Appointments

Thursday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM EDT - 8PM EDT

Given the increased interest in careers in government on the political appointment career path during government transition periods, NABEA hosted an event on how the political appointment process works. The event helped attendees better understand political appointment careers and the political appointment process through three experts who have experience participating in the process and have served at senior levels of government.

The event featured Mona Sutphen, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Randall Schriver, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs; and Dewardric McNeal, former Special Assistant to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and China Country Director.

America and the Indo-Pacific: Perspectives from the Field

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 8:00 PM EDT - 9PM EDT

As Asia continues to move to the forefront of economic, political, and cultural influence in the global landscape, it is increasingly important to ensure underrepresented voices, particularly Black voices, are heard and at the table in U.S.-Asia discourse. Only when historically marginalized voices are included in the conversation can it be said the face of U.S. engagement with Asia is as diverse as the U.S. itself. America and the Indo-Pacific: Perspectives from the Field was a conversation with Ambassador Harry Thomas, one of the United States’ highest-ranking, Black diplomats to the Indo-Pacific, on U.S. relations with the Indo-Pacific–specifically South and Southeast Asia–and his diplomatic career in the region.

Member Events

Engaging with Local Governments in Asia

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM EDT - 9PM EDT

The international relations field often focuses on relationships between national governments. However, local government engagement is also a vital tool in foreign policy formulation and implementation. Engaging with Local Governments in Asia was a conversation with Reta Jo Lewis, senior fellow and director of congressional affairs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. During the conversation, Ms. Lewis discussed the importance of subnational government engagement, the differences between diplomacy work with national and subnational level governments, and how geopolitical developments in Asia are shaping trends in U.S. subnational government relations in the region.

Working in Japan: How to Start and What to Expect

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM EDT - 8PM EST

Many of NABEA’s members are interested in working in Japan or have experience working in the country. During Working in Japan: How to Start and What to Expect, host and NABEA member, Stephen Chance, shared insightful information and led an informative discussion about Japanese working culture, Japanese language requirements for work, and different pathways to take advantage of to work in a variety of fields in Japan. This was the first event in a new internal series called NABEA Conversations, which take the form of topical discussions and conversations led by members of the NABEA community.

Co-Sponsored Events

Beyond the Wall: Expanding International Education for Underserved Youth

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM EDT - 8PM EST

NABEA co-sponsored EngageAsia’s discussion of the film Beyond the Wall, an independent documentary about four DC Public School (DCPS) high school students who were selected for a six-week Chinese language and culture program in Beijing during the summer of 2009. The documentary makes a powerful statement about the value and impact of global exposure and study abroad, particularly for students in underserved schools and communities.