U.S. Forces and Asia: The 2014 National Defense Panel


Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA)
Chairman of the HASC Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Ambassador Eric Edelman
Foreign Policy Initiative

Randy Schriver
Project 2049

Michael O'Hanlon
Brookings Institution


Christopher J. Griffin
Foreign Policy Initiative

Speaker Biographies
Congressman J. Randy Forbes, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001, serves on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) as Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and as a member of the Readiness Subcommittee. Congressman Forbes is a leading voice in Congress on defense and national security related issues. In addition to his role on HASC, Representative Forbes is also a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, as well as the Congressional China Caucus, among others. Before coming to Congress, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Virginia State Senate, and Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.

Ambassador Eric S. Edelman is a board member of the Foreign Policy Initiative and a distinguished fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.  He retired as a Career Minister from the U.S. Foreign Service on May 1, 2009. He has served in senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense as well as the White House, where he led organizations providing analysis, strategy, policy development, security services, trade advocacy, public outreach, citizen services and congressional relations. Dr. Edelman has been awarded the Department of Defense, Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and several Department of State Superior Honor Awards. He serves on the National Defense Panel and on the bipartisan board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace. He is a visiting scholar at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and a senior associate of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

Randy Schriver is the president and CEO of the Project 2049 Institute, a non-profit research organization dedicated to the study of security trend lines in Asia as well as a founding partner of Armitage International LLC. He is also a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Schriver served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2003 to 2005. Prior to joining the Asia Bureau, he served for two years as chief of staff and senior policy advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Mr. Schriver served in various posts in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a civil servant, including as senior country director for the PRC, Taiwan, and Mongolia; in the Office of Counter Proliferation Policy; and in the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces. Mr. Schriver has also served as an active duty naval intelligence officer. He has won numerous military and civilian awards from the U.S. government and was recently presented with the Order of the Propitious Clouds by the President of Taiwan for promoting Taiwan-U.S. relations. He holds a B.A. from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and director of research for the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force and American foreign policy.  He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His most recent book, co-written with James Steinberg, is Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2014). He has written several hundred op-eds in newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Financial Times, The Japan Times and Pakistan’s Dawn paper. O’Hanlon has appeared on television or spoken on the radio about 2,000 times since September 11, 2001. O'Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989 to 1994. He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses.  His Ph.D. from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor's and master's degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire) from 1982-1984, where he taught college and high school physics in French.

Christopher 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 Washington Post, 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, DC.

Mission Statement

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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