October 31: Preview of U.S. and Philippine Priorities for the 2017 ASEAN & East Asia Summits
Tuesday, October 31
9:30 am Registration
10:00 – 11:30 am Program
President Trump’s visit to Asia reaffirms Washington’s commitment to enhanced regional security and economic engagement. To preview his November trip, featured speakers and panelists will discuss priorities in the U.S.-ASEAN partnership and the Philippines’ role as 2017 ASEAN Chair amid new geopolitical realities in the Asia-Pacific.
W. Patrick Murphy
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he served previously as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires in Thailand (2013-2016) and Lesotho (2006-2008).
Mr. Murphy’s prior Washington service includes Special Representative for Burma, Director/Deputy Director of the Office for Mainland Southeast Asia, political advisor for the Haiti Working Group, and desk officer for Burma and Laos. Since joining the Department of State in 1992, he has also completed diplomatic assignments abroad in Burma, China, Iraq, Guinea, and Mali.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Murphy was a resource economist for the World Wildlife Fund and a policy analyst for the Overseas Development Council. His foreign languages include French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Burmese.
Patrick A. Chuasoto
Career Philippine diplomat, became Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Washington D.C. on 30 June 2016.
Prior to his current posting in Washington D.C., Mr. Chuasoto served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2014.Mr. Chuasoto was previously assigned to the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York where he held several positions in various United Nations bodies.
Mr. Chuasoto was Alternate Representative to the United Nations Security Council during the Philippines’ membership in 2004-2005. In 2008, he was elected as Chairman of the Committee on Conferences.