San Francisco, July 18, 2012 — The Asia Foundation on July 13 hosted the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Delegation in its San Francisco headquarters. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is a specialized forum for members of parliament from across the Atlantic Alliance to discuss and influence decisions on Alliance security. The one-day program provided an opportunity for the 40-person delegation of members of parliament and staff to hear about political, economic, and security-related issues in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China. Drawing on nearly 60 years of experience in the region, the Foundation maintains 17 offices throughout Asia, including in these three countries.
At the delegation briefing, Asia Foundation experts presented on critical developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China â€“ highlighting the Foundation’s many decades of in-country programming and regional cooperation expertise. David Arnold, president, The Asia Foundation and Dobroslav Dimitrov, Vice-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations (PCTR) opened the morning’s program. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, an Asia Foundation trustee, presented on Afghanistan and Pakistan together with Erik Jensen, Asia Foundation senior advisor for governance and law. Ambassador Eikenberry was ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009-2011 where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty. Gordon Hein, Asia Foundation vice president briefed the delegation on China.
In June 2006, The Asia Foundation previously hosted the NATO Parliamentary Assembly during the term of former Foundation president, Douglas Bereuter. During his congressional career, Mr. Bereuter chaired the House Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, where he presided as its president for two years until November 2004.