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NCAFP Delegation Speaks at East-West Center

Security and Political Trends in East Asia Insights from an NCAFP Delegation Trip from East-West Center on Vimeo.


In November 2019, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) sent a delegation of distinguished experts and practitioners to meet with government officials, scholars and experts across Northeast Asia. The group visited Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul; and in each city held frank and authoritative discussions on regional dynamics and security issues including U.S.-China relations, cross-Taiwan Strait relations, North Korea, and the future of U.S. alliances.

Introduced by Ambassador Susan M. Elliott, President and CEO of the NCAFP, the delegation spoke on a panel at the EastWest Center and included: Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, Ambassador James Zumwalt, Ms. Susan Thornton, and Mr. Mark Tokola.


Susan A. Thornton to Join the NCAFP

NEW YORK, October 31, 2019 – The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) President and CEO Susan  M. Elliott announced today the appointment of Susan A. Thornton as Project Director of its Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, effective January 1, 2020. Ms. Thornton retired from U.S. government service in summer 2018 and is a Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School, where she will remain concurrently affiliated.

Ms. Thornton will succeed current FAPS Project Director, Professor Donald S. Zagoria, who notified the NCAFP Board of Trustees of his decision to retire earlier this year, following a remarkable career as a thought leader on security and diplomacy in the Asia Pacific.

Jeffrey R. Shafer, NCAFP Chairman said, “The NCAFP’s Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, which has been ably led by Professor Donald S. Zagoria for over twenty years, has contributed to peace and stability in East Asia by conducting authoritative unofficial diplomatic discussions. There is no person better suited to continue the legacy of Professor Zagoria than Susan Thornton, who has the practical experience and strategic foresight needed to navigate the pressing foreign policy and security challenges confronting this increasingly important region of the world.”

More details on Susan Thornton's appointment can be found by clicking here.



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