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Program: The Asia-Pacific region offers the United States unparalleled opportunities as well as daunting challenges. Home to a third of the world's population, it produces a third of global GDP -- a share that will keep rising as the region continues to grow at twice the global pace. Opportunities for American companies have expanded in tandem with this growth.
The challenges we face in this region today are complex and consequential. From the existential threat that North Korea might pose to the shift in global power structures caused by China's rise, the challenges are beyond the capacity of any single nation to resolve.
U.S. engagement, from our post-World War II security umbrella to our championship of a rules-based global system, provided a sturdy foundation for the area to develop. In recent decades, rarely did regional representatives ask Americans to do less in the region -- and very often they asked us to do more. Their confidence in our commitment to the region and their support of our regional and global objectives have enabled a mutually beneficial surge of growth and broad-based stability. Yet today even friends in the region are questioning our commitment, our staying power, and the meaning of being our friend or ally.
Speaker: A career Foreign Service Officer, Judith Fergin served as the U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Consul General in Sydney, Australia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassies in Jakarta and Canberra. Ms. Fergin also served in Moscow, Russia; Pretoria, South Africa; Monrovia, Liberia; Munich, Germany; and Washington, D.C. After concluding her Foreign Service career, she served as Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore from 2013 to 2017. Ms. Fergin returned to her home state of Maine in 2017. She received a B.A. degree from Smith College and M.A. degrees from the University of Virginia and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces of the National Defense University.
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