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October 12: The First 100 Days of President Duterte: An Overview

SAIS Philippines Roundtable with Featured Speaker Ambassador John F. Maisto

President Rodrigo R. Duterte was sworn in as the 16th President of the Philippines on June 30, 2016 after a peaceful and orderly election. An overwhelming 91 percent of Filipinos expressed trust in the new president (per Pulse Asia polling). His economic team led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III laid out a socioeconomic agenda building on sound macroeconomic fundamentals. Along with US-Philippines Society directors, Ambassador Maisto met the incoming President a week before his oath-taking. What has transpired since that first meeting will be the topic of discussion during this roundtable. Please join us for an overview of the first 100 days of President Duterte and his administration. 


Ambassador (ret.) John F. Maisto
US-Philippines Society
Wednesday, October 12. 2016
12:30 – 2:00 pm
SAIS Rome Building, Suite 806

Open to SAIS students, faculty, alumni, and Philippines Roundtable participants

Seats are limited. RSVP required

U.S.-Philippines Society | 1712 N Street NW | Washington DC, 20036 | Tel. 202.525.3982

The Southeast Asia Studies Program | Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
The Johns Hopkins University | 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW | Tel. 202.663.5837

John F. Maisto

Ambassador (ret.) John F. Maisto is a thirty-three year former career member of the U.S. Foreign Service. He was Ambassador to Venezuela (1997-2000), Nicaragua (1993-1996), and the Organization of American States (2003-2006). He was Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council and, concurrently, Special Assistant to the President, 2001 to 2003. He was Foreign Policy Adviser at the U.S. Southern Command, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America, and he served in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Philippines. His Philippine service was in Manila as Political Officer (1978 to 1982), and at the State Department as Deputy Director and then Director of Philippine Affairs (1982-1986), during the People Power transition to democracy.

Amb John F. Maisto 2015

He is currently President of the US-Philippines Society and a Director of the Miami-based U.S. Education Finance Group and of the Washington-based International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). He is a Director of ECI, a Central America-based resort and retirement company. He is also a Consultant on Global Affairs at Arizona State University, and member of the Board of Advisors of the American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR) in Washington. He writes and speaks on U.S. foreign policy; trade, investment and growth; democratic transitions; regional issues; security and defense matters; and international education.

A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, he has a Master’s Degree in Latin American History from San Carlos University, Guatemala.  He is married to Maria Consuelo Gaston of Manapla, Negros Occidental in the Philippines.

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