FPI Conference Call: On the Ground In Hong Kong

Thursday, October 9, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

Ellen Bork
Foreign Policy Initiative
Hong Kong

David Feith
The Wall Street Journal Asia
Hong Kong

Christopher J. Griffin
Foreign Policy Initiative
Washington, D.C.

For the audio recording of this conference call, please click here.

Speaker Biographies

Ellen Bork is the director of Democracy and Human Rights at the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI).  She came to FPI from Freedom House where she directed projects assisting activists and dissidents around the world.  She previously served as deputy director of the Project for the New American Century, adviser to the Chairman of the Hong Kong Democratic Party, professional staff member for Asia and the Pacific at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Ms. Bork’s articles have been published in The Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Financial TimesThe Weekly Standard, and The New Republic Online.  She has participated in election observation missions to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Ukraine.  Ms. Bork serves on the board of the International Campaign for Tibet and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Ms. Bork graduated from Yale University and the Georgetown University Law Center.  She is a member of the District of Columbia bar.

David Feith is an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong. He was previously an assistant editorial features editor and a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Journal in New York. He has also been an assistant editor at Foreign Affairs magazine. Mr. Feith is chairman of CitizenshipFirst, a New York-based nonprofit organization he cofounded after publishing "Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). He graduated with a degree in history from Columbia University in 2009.

Christopher J. Griffin joined the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) as executive director in January 2013. Previously, he served as legislative director to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT), advising the senator on the full range of legislative proposals and key votes.  Between 2008 and 2011, he was Senator Lieberman's military legislative assistant, in which capacity he developed the senator's legislative agenda as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of its Airland Subcommittee.  Prior to joining Senator Lieberman's staff, Mr. Griffin was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy (2005-2008), where he focused on U.S. foreign and defense policy toward the Asia-Pacific. During his time at AEI, Mr. Griffin was also a contributing editor to the Armed Forces Journal, writing feature articles on international defense industrial cooperation and a monthly column titled the "Blogs of War." Mr. Griffin's writings have been published in the The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.  Mr. Griffin received a B.A. in international studies from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and an M.A. in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.


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The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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