Washington, DC, March 13, 2013 — On Monday, March 11, The Asia Foundation hosted the 28th Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Series dinner at the Embassy of Malaysia in Washington, DC. Guest speakers and co-authors of the book It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, Dr. Thomas E. Mann and Dr. Norman J. Ornstein spoke on the topic of “America’s Political Divide: Consequences for U.S.-Asia Policy.” Asia Foundation president David D. Arnold participated in the event where 14 embassies were represented.
Dr. Thomas E. Mann is W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Asia Foundation hosted the featured speakers as part of its Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Series, a program that brings together Ambassadors from Asia with US government, business, policy, and media leaders for a discussion on important issues facing the Asia-Pacific region.
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.