The Atlantic Council today announced the launch of the Project on Shaping the Asia-Pacific Future, housed in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.  The project aims to formulate practical policy recommendations related to some of the most pressing and fundamental requirements for long-term security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Led by former US Treasury Assistant Secretary (International) Olin Wethington, the Project will focus on the development of durable understandings and measures affecting strategic military stability and on fostering effective institutions and agreements supporting the open and rules-based movement of goods, services, and capital.

“As events in the Asia-Pacific continue to have global implications, we in the Scowcroft Center are committed to strengthening governance and norms that promote sustainable growth and a common rules-based order” said Atlantic Council VP and Scowcroft Center Director Barry Pavel. “We are delighted that Olin will be leading this charge, bringing to the Center a successful track record of engagement across the Asia-Pacific region from both the public and private spheres.”  

In addition to Mr. Wethington’s role as Executive Director of the Project on Shaping the Asia-Pacific Future, he joins the Council as a Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow. He is also the founder and chairman of Wethington International LLC, an investment and business advisory firm focused on advising institutions on capital investment, financial structure, and business strategy in emerging markets.

Wethington has held a number of positions in the US government, including: Special Envoy on China; Counselor to the Secretary of the US Treasury; Director, economic policy, Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad, Iraq); Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, US Treasury; Special Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the Economic Policy Council, White House; and Deputy Undersecretary for International Trade, US Department of Commerce.

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