On July 28, 2008, the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies hosted an event featuring remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte on U.S. policy toward Asia and its evolution in light of the major political, economic, and security trends shaping the region.
Deputy Secretary Negroponte has extensive experience in Asia, with assignments in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia and held various Asia-related positions at the National Security Council, including Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. As Deputy Secretary of State, he assists Secretary Rice in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and functions as the chief operating officer of the Department. He coordinates and supervises U.S. Government activities overseas, represents the Department’s position before Congress, and manages key foreign policy issues on the Secretary’s behalf.
Prior to his current assignment, Ambassador Negroponte served as the first Director of National Intelligence (DNI), for which he was sworn in on April 21, 2005. Previously, he had been serving as United States Ambassador to Iraq, since June 28, 2004. From September 18, 2001, until his appointment to Iraq, Ambassador Negroponte served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations.