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The 116th Congress: The Role of Congress in Engaging the Indo-Pacific

  • 2255 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

 Monday, December 10, 2018
12 pm – 1 pm
2255 Rayburn House Office Building
Light lunch will be served



Frank Jannuzi

President and CEO, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Walter Lohman  
Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

Lindsey Ford   
Director of Political-Security Affairs, Richard Holbrooke Fellow, and Deputy Director of the Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute

Francisco Bencosme
Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Amnesty International USA

Dan Aum
Director, Washington, D.C. Office, The National Bureau of Asian Research 

Please join the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association (FACSA) and The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) for an informational briefing on U.S. policy towards the Indo-Pacific region in the 116th Congress. Our expert panelists will highlight the opportunities and challenges in the realms of geopolitics, trade, US-ASEAN relations, and human rights and good governance. This briefing will also provide insight into particular Congressional initiatives that may advance U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific, as the new Congress approaches.

FACSA is an officially recognized, bipartisan and bicameral organization tasked with providing networking opportunities, career guidance, briefings on key topics and other engagements for staffers to learn and grow as foreign policy professionals.


NBR is a nonprofit, nongovernment organization dedicated to informing and strengthening U.S. policy towards the Asia Pacific.


Speaker Bios: 

Frank Jannuzi is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mansfield Foundation. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director at Amnesty International USA. There he shaped and promoted legislation and policies to advance universal human rights, protect individuals and communities at risk, and free prisoners of conscience. From 1997-2012, Mr. Jannuzi was Policy Director, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hitachi Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations (2006-2007), and served for nine years as an analyst in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Mr. Jannuzi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Walter Lohman is the Director of The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center. He is a policy expert focused principally on Southeast Asia, but also broader Asia policy including relations with America’s allies in Japan, South Korea, and Australia. He is also the leading voice at Heritage on the U.S. – Taiwan relationship, and is a close observer of China policy. Mr. Lohman previously served for four years as senior vice president and executive director of the U.S. – ASEAN Business Council, overseeing the regional trade association’s mission of building U.S. market share in Southeast Asia and led multiple delegations of Fortune 500 companies to the region. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where leads graduate seminars on American foreign policy interests in Southeast Asia and the role of Congress in Asia policy. Mr. Lohman holds a Bachelor’s degree in humanities from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master in Foreign Affairs degree from the University of Virginia.

Lindsey Ford is the Director of Political-Security Affairs for the Asia Society Policy Institute for the Asia Society Policy Institute, Richard Holbrooke Fellow, and Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. office. Her expertise includes U.S. national security, Asian regional architecture, and maritime security issues. She previously served as the Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and was integral to the 2014 U.S.–ASEAN Defense Forum, where she oversaw the first meeting of the ten ASEAN Defense Ministers to the United States. Ms. Ford has previously worked as a researcher for the Center of New American Security. She was a consultant to organizations including the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the Congressional Research Service. Ms. Ford has a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. She has studied abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Francisco Bencosme is the Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager at Amnesty International USA. Previously, he was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he assisted Democratic Senators on issues related to East Asia/Pacific, South Asia, and State Department/USAID oversight. Mr. Bencosme also served as the president of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association and as a board member of the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association. Mr. Bencosme has a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a graduate certificate from the USAF Air University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University.

Dan Aum is Director of NBR’s Washington, D.C. office. In this capacity, Mr. Aum leads NBR’s engagement with the U.S. Congress and the media. Mr. Aum comes to NBR from Capitol Hill, where he managed a portfolio of thematic and regional issues related to foreign policy, international law, and human rights on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Previously, at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Mr. Aum was on a strategic litigation team that brought cases before international and regional bodies, and led policy initiatives that involved regular engagement with government bodies and the media. Mr. Aum hold a JD from the George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University.

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