As the United States deepens its engagement in the Asia-Pacific region and faces new challenges in the South China Sea, relationships with key Asian partners and their insights into the dynamic Asian security landscape become even more critical to its long-term national security. At this critical juncture in the future of U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific, the Center for a New American Security was pleased to host Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defense of the Republic of Singapore, for a speech on "Promoting Peace and Stability in the Asia-Pacific through Stable Military-to-Military Relationships" on April 4, 2012. The event featured introductory remarks by the Honorable Jon Huntsman, former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore.
About the Speakers
Dr. Ng Eng Hen is the Minister for Defense of Singapore. A member of the governing People’s Action Party, he also serves as the Leader of the House in Singapore’s Parliament. Dr. Ng previously served as the Minister for Manpower from 2004 to 2008, and Minister for Education from 2008 to 2011. He has been a Member of Parliament representing the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency since 2001. Click here to read full bio.
Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. presidents in critical roles around the world including Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador and most recently U.S. Ambassador to China. Twice elected as Utah's Governor, Governor Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the states rainy day fund and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America and best state in which to do business. Click here to read full bio.