Asia: Restoring American Prestige and Shaping the Future
On June 26, 2008, the Carnegie Endowment hosted an event with Douglas Paal, director of the China Program, who offered some practical suggestions on what needs to be fixed in Asia.
Speaking broadly, Paal recommended the next administration send clear signals about continuing the steady course of engagement, avoiding direct linkage of the human rights and trade agendas- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Douglas H. Paal is the director of the Carnegie China Program based in Washington and Beijing. He served as the director of the American Institute in Taiwan from April 2002 to January 2006.
He is the founder and former president of the Asia Pacific Policy Center (APPC), a non-profit institution in Washington, D.C. that advocates for the bipartisan promotion of trade and investment, as well as defense and security ties across the Pacific. Prior to forming the APPC, Paal was the special assistant to President George H.W. Bush for National Security Affairs and senior director for Asian Affairs on the National Security Council, where he had also served during the Reagan administration.
Paal has worked in the State Department with the Policy Planning Staff, as a senior analyst for the CIA, and in the U.S. embassies in Singapore and Beijing. He has spoken and published frequently on Asian affairs and national security issues.
Douglas Paal discusses his recommendation regarding U.S. policy in Asia that the new president appoint a cabinet-level official educated in Asian studies to focus specifically on the Asian region and advise the president on Asian issues.
Douglas Paal suggests the U.S. cooperate with other Asian nations, even those with whom they have major disagreements, in giving assistance to Pakistan and targeting where aid money should be directed.
Douglas Paal talks about the difficult balance the U.S. is having to find in order to simultaneously encourage China in addressing human rights issues, while still maintaining friendly economic relations and avoiding "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" at every conflict.
the united states should not lecture anyone on human rights, on the contrary, the united states need to be lectured on that issue.
abu ghuraib,hiroshima, guantanamo, the iraq war, the invasion of afghanistan and countless conflicts involving the united states in the past make one thing absolutely clear: not Iran, not China, not North-Korea are currently posing the greatest threat to mankind, no its the united states playing global policeman! stop that idle talk about human rights - no government really cares about them and they are not universal