UPCOMING OCT 16: Potential of Military Clash and Peaceful Initiatives in South China Sea

Boston Global Forum is proudly to host the conference on South China Sea, which is to be held:

Time: 4:30 PM – 06:30 PM, October 16, 2015

Venue : Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Live-streamed at www.bostonglobalforum.org


Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman & Co-Founder, Boston Global Forum



  • Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman & Co-Founder, Boston Global Forum
  • Kitty Dukakis, former First Lady of Massachusetts
  • Nguyen Anh Tuan, Co-Founder, CEO, Boston Global Forum; Chair, International Advisory Committee, UNESCO-UCLA on Global Citizenship Education
  • Professor Thomas E. Patterson, Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, Member of Editorial Board, Boston Global Forum; Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard Kennedy School 
  • Professor John Quelch, Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, Boston Global Forum; Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr., Member of Board of Thinkers, Boston Global Forum; Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
  • David E. Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent, The New York Times; Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Bonnie S. Glaser, Senior Advisor for Asia and Director, China Power Project,  Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • Professor Sean P. Henseler, Director of Operations, Operational Level Programs, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
  • Bill Hayton, TV journalist, BBC World News TV; writer, reporter, producer and occasional media development consultant
  • Brent Colburn, Fellow of Institute of Politics, Harvard  University; Former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
  • Tsutomu Himeno, Consul General of Japan in Boston  
  • Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, President of the America-Japan Society, Inc.; Professor of Sophia University and Keio University; Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America (2008-2012)
  • Ambassador James D. Bindenagel, Henry Kissinger Professor for International Security and Governance at the University of Bonn, Germany; Former U.S. Ambassador
  • Professor Fumio Ota, Former Professor, Defense Academy of Japan (2005 – 2013)
  • Professor Koji Murata, President, Doshisha University
  • Professor Mitoji Yabunaka, Professor of Ritsumeikan University; Former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan (2008-2010)
  • Mr. Hiroyuki Akita, Nikkei senior staff writer
  • Grant F Rhode, PhD, Visiting Researcher, Center for the Study of Asia, Boston University; Research Associate, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
  • Richard Javad Heydarian, Assistant Professor in political science, De La Salle University (Philippines); Author of “Asia’s New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific” (Zed, London)
  • Professor Suzanne Ogden, Member of Editorial Board, Boston Global Forum; Professor emeritus, Department of Political Science &  Faculty associate, Center for Emerging Markets, Northeastern University
  • Elliot W. Salloway, D.M.D., Chief Operating Officer and  Executive Director of Global Art Competitions, Boston Global Forum;  Co-Founder and  Executive Director of North America,Asia, and Indochina, Project Exodus; Retired Harvard Dental Faculty Member
  • Llewellyn King, Member, Boston Global Forum Editorial Board; Co-Host,  Executive Producer of “White House Chronicle”, PBS  
  • Richard Pirozollo, Member, Boston Global Forum Editorial Board; Founder and Managing Director, Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
  • Dr. Lei Guo, Assistant Professor, Division of Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication, Boston University
  • Robert Whitcomb,  Chairman, Providence Council on Foreign Relations
  • Bill Perna, Filmmaker and journalist
  • Robert Marquand, Staff writer and Asia editor, CSMonitor in Boston
  • Nobue Mita, Representative, Boston Global Forum Japan 
  • Linda Gasparello, Co-Host, General Manager of “White House Chronicle”, PBS
  • Phan Huy Dung, Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum
  • Le Mau Tuan, Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; PhD candidate, MIT




Co-Founder; Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of  Thinkers, The Boston Global Forum. Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, 1988. Distinguished Professor J.D., Harvard University

Michael Stanley Dukakis was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Greek immigrant parents. He attended Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School and served in the United States Army from 1955-1957, sixteen months of which was with the support group to the U.S. delegation to the Military Armistice Commission in Korea.

He served eight years as a member of the Massachusetts legislature and was elected governor of Massachusetts three times. He was the Democratic nominee for the presidency in 1988. Since 1991 he has been a distinguished professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston, and since 1996 visiting professor of public policy during the winter quarter at UCLA in Los Angeles. He is chairman of Boston Global Forum.



Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief of The Boston Global Forum; Chair of International Advisory Committee for UNESCO-UCLA Chair in Global Citizenship Education.

Nguyen Anh Tuan was the Founder and Chairman of the VietNamNet Media Group and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VietNamNet Online Newspaper. Tuan was also the Founder and CEO of the VASC Software and Media Company and VietNet, the first Internet service provider in Vietnam.

In 1996, Tuan was named as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Talents of Vietnam by the Prime Minister. Under Tuan’s leadership, VietNamNet raised significant political topics for reform in Vietnam. He pioneered an interactive live format called the “VietNamNet Online Roundtable” that enabled readers to participate in interviews of leading political, social and cultural figures.

In 2009, Tuan conceived a global initiative called the “World Compassion and Reconciliation Day” on September 9th of each year. In 2007, as the Shorenstein Center’s Fellow, Tuan researched key trends in the development of electronic media in Vietnam. In 2011, Tuan was a part of the Pacific Leadership Fellows Program at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California in San Diego. That year, he was also a speaker at the prestigious annual Club de Madrid Conference on the subject of Democracy and Digital Technology. Since February 2011, Tuan has been an Associate of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In April 2012, he founded the Tran Nhan Tong Academy.

In December 2012, Tuan co-founded the Boston Global Forum with the Honorable Michael Dukakis who was Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Presidential Nominee, and currently serving as the Boston Global Forum’s Chief Executive Board and Editor-in-Chief. Also in 2012, together with Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Tuan established the Charles Ansbacher Music Club to bring classical music to people who live in remote and distant locations. Tuan has been a member of Harvard Business School Global Advisory Board since 2008. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Free for All Concert Fund in Boston and Chair of International Advisory Committee for UNESCO-UCLA Chair in Global Citizenship Education.



Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, Boston Global Forum; Mentor, Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security; Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard Kennedy School

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School and a co-founding member of BGF’s Board of Directors. His book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation. His earlier book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century. He also is author of Mass Media Election and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundation. Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.



Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, Boston Global Forum; Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

John A. Quelch is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He holds a joint appointment at Harvard School of Public Health as Professor in Health Policy and Management.  He is also a fellow of the Harvard China Fund, a Member of the Harvard China Advisory Board and Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Between 2011 and 2013, Professor Quelch was Dean, Vice President and Distinguished Professor of International Management at CEIBS, China’s leading business school. Between 2001 and 2011, he was the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. He served as Dean of London Business School from 1998 to 2001. Prior to 1998, he was the Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing and Co-Chair of the Marketing Unit at Harvard Business School.

Professor Quelch is known for his teaching materials and innovations in pedagogy.  Over the past twenty-five years, his case studies have sold over 4 million copies, third highest in HBS history.  In 1995, he developed the first HBS interactive CD-ROM exercise (on Intel’s advertising budgeting process). In 1999, he developed and presented a series of twelve one hour programs on Marketing Management for the Public Broadcasting System.

Professor Quelch’s research focus is on global marketing and branding in emerging as well as developed markets. His current research projects address (a) understanding the contributions of marketing to the functioning of democracies and (b) formalizing appropriate marketing and customer metrics for periodic review by boards of directors.

Professor Quelch is the author, co-author or editor of twenty-five books, including All Business Is Local (2011), Greater Good:  How Good Marketing Makes for Better Democracy (2008), Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Social and Economic Value (2007), The New Global Brands (2006), Global Marketing Management (5th edition, 2006), The Global Market (2005), Cases in Advertising and Promotion Management (4th Edition, 1996) and The Marketing Challenge of Europe 1992 (2nd edition, 1991). He has published eighteen articles on marketing strategy issues in the Harvard Business Review, most recently “How To Market In A Downturn” (April 2009), and many more in other leading management journals such as McKinsey Quarterly and Sloan Management Review.

Professor Quelch has served as an independent director of twelve publicly listed companies in the USA and UK.  He is currently a non-executive director of WPP and Alere. He served pro bono for eight years as Chairman of the Port Authority of Massachusetts. He is the Honorary Consul General of Morocco in New England and served previously as Chairman of the British-American Business Council of New England. Professor Quelch has been a consultant, seminar leader and speaker for firms, industry associations and government agencies in more than fifty countries. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council On Foreign Relations. He received the CBE for services to British business in 2011 and holds an honorary doctorate from Vietnam National University.



Member of Board of Thinkers , Boston Global Forum; University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University; Former Dean, Harvard Kennedy School

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a member of the Boston Global Forum’s Board of Thinkers. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a Deputy Under Secretary of State.  His most recent books include Soft Power, The Power Game: A Washington Novel, The Powers to Lead and Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy.



Chief Washington Correspondent, New York Times; Senior Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

David E. Sanger is chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times.  Mr. Sanger has reported from New York, Tokyo and Washington, covering a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs.

Twice he has been a member of Times reporting teams that won the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011, Mr. Sanger was part of a team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for International Reporting for their coverage of the tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan.

Before covering the White House, Mr. Sanger specialized in the confluence of economic and foreign policy, and wrote extensively on how issues of national wealth and competitiveness have come to redefine the relationships between the United States and its major allies.

As a correspondent and then bureau chief in Tokyo for six years, he covered Japan’s rise as the world’s second largest economic power, and then its humbling recession.  He also filed frequently from Southeast Asia, and wrote many of the first stories about North Korea’s secret nuclear weapons program in the 1990’s.  He continues to cover proliferation issues from Washington.

Leaving Asia in 1994, Mr. Sanger took up the position of chief Washington economic correspondent, and covered a series of global economic upheavals, from Mexico to the Asian economic crisis.  He was named a senior writer in March 1999, and White House correspondent later that year.

Mr. Sanger joined The Times in the Business Day section, specializing in the computer industry and high-technology trade.  In 1986 he played a major role in the team that investigated the causes of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, writing the first stories about what the space agency knew about the potential flaws in the shuttle’s design and revealing that engineers had raised objections to launching the shuttle.  The team won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.  He was a member of another Pulitzer-winner team that wrote about the struggles within the Clinton administration over controlling exports to China.

Mr. Sanger appears regularly on public affairs and news shows.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.


Bonnie glaser

Senior Adviser for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies; Senior Associate, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Pacific Forum

Bonnie Glaser is a senior adviser for Asia in the Freeman Chair in China Studies, where she works on issues related to Chinese foreign and security policy. She is concomitantly a senior associate with CSIS Pacific Forum and a consultant for the U.S. government on East Asia. From 2003 to mid-2008, Ms. Glaser was a senior associate in the CSIS International Security Program. Prior to joining CSIS, she served as a consultant for various U.S. government offices, including the Departments of Defense and State.

Ms. Glaser has written extensively on Chinese threat perceptions and views of the strategic environment, China’s foreign policy, Sino-U.S. relations, U.S.-China military ties, cross-strait relations, Chinese assessments of the Korean peninsula, and Chinese perspectives on missile defense and multilateral security in Asia. Her writings have been published in the Washington Quarterly, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, International Security, Problems of Communism, Contemporary Southeast Asia, American Foreign Policy Interests, Far Eastern Economic Review, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, New York Times, and International Herald Tribune, as well as various edited volumes on Asian security. Ms. Glaser is a regular contributor to the Pacific Forum quarterly Web journal Comparative Connections.

She is currently a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she served as a member of the Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board China Panel in 1997. Ms. Glaser received her B.A. in political science from Boston University and her M.A. with concentrations in international economics and Chinese studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Sean Henseler réize

Professor Sean Henseler was commissioned in 1989 as a Distinguished Naval Graduate from Aviation Officers Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. After supporting counter-narcotic operations as part of the Commander, Joint Task Force FOUR staff in Key West, FL he graduated from the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center as an Aviation Intelligence Officer in 1990. He then made two WESTPAC deployments with VA-145 and CVW-2 aboard the USS Ranger (CV-61) participating in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Southern Watch. He earned COMATVAQWINGPAC Intelligence Officer of the Year honors 1990-92 and contributed to VA-145’s winning the Rear Adm. Wade C. McCluskey Award as the Navy’s best attack squadron.

 After tours at the Office of Naval Intelligence and the National Military Joint Intelligence Center at the Pentagon, Henseler was selected to enter the Navy’s Law Education Program. After graduating the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law he served as a prosecutor and Special Assistant United States Attorney in Norfolk, VA.

 After graduating from the Naval War College in Newport, RI in 2001 as the President’s Honor Graduate, he was assigned as the Staff Judge Advocate for Commander Carrier Group SIX in Mayport, FL. As the SJA for the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) Battle Group Henseler deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, acted as the legal advisor to Commander Task Force 50, and was selected as the “2001-2002 Outstanding Young Military Lawyer for the US Navy.”  He then immediately redeployed aboard the USS MT. Whitney (LCC-20) to Djibouti as deputy SJA for Commander, Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.

 Henseler was next assigned to the Naval Justice School in Newport where he helped establish the Operational Law Department and provided operational law training to senior line and staff officers throughout the Navy.    In 2006 he took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Chief of Detention, Judicial, and Legal operations on the legal staff of Commander, Multi-National Forces Iraq in Baghdad acting as the primary legal advisor to the Commanding General responsible for over 14,000 Iraqi detainees. He also acted as the Officer in Charge of the US-Iraq Bi-lateral Inspection team which uncovered significant abuse in the Iraqi detention system.

 In 2008 he served in Iraq as the legal advisor to the Iraqi Governance Assessment Team chartered by Commander MNF-I and the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and later traveled to Tajikistan and Qatar as part of the Central Command Assessment team tasked to develop a strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and the entire Central Command AOR.

 He retired as the Howard S. Levie Military Chair of Operational Law at the Naval War College and holds degrees from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (J.D), Georgetown University (M.A. National Security Studies), the Naval War College (M.A. National Security Studies), and Babson College (B.S. Business Management). His personal awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.



Bill Hayton is the author of two books on Southeast Asia, “South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia”  (Yale University Press, 2014), the first book to explore and explain the disputes in this crucial area of the world to a general audience, and “Vietnam: rising dragon” (Yale University Press,  2010) which was well reviewed and remains the most comprehensive account of the country today.

He has worked for BBC News since 1998 and currently work for BBC World News TV. In the past he has worked in the World Service (Radio) Newsroom, on Radio News Programmes and with the European language services.  Before joining the BBC, he freelanced for several years at APTN, CNBC, European Business News, and Sky News.



Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard University

Brent Colburn, a veteran of both Democratic political campaigns and the Obama administration, served as the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. In this role he acted as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense for communication strategy, media relations, public information, and community relations in support of Department of Defense (DOD) activities and U.S. service members and civilian employees.  Mr. Colburn also oversaw the Department’s Public Affairs infrastructure, including the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Armed Forces Network, DOD News, and thousands of Public Affairs staffers serving in and out of uniform around the world.

Prior to joining DOD, Mr. Colburn served as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Secretary Shaun Donovan, helping manage a cabinet agency of over 8,000 employees.

In 2011, Mr. Colburn was the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), working closely with Secretary Napolitano and her leadership team on issues ranging from counterterrorism to border security and disaster response.  He began his service with the Obama administration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he was the Director of External Affairs, overseeing Public Affairs, Legislative Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs, International Affairs and Private Sector Outreach.

Mr. Colburn has worked on the last four presidential campaign cycles, most recently serving as National Communications Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign and the Communications Director for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  In 2008 he served as Michigan Communications Director for then Senator Obama’s first presidential run, following stints in 2004 as Research Director for Howard Dean and as a member of the National Advance Staff for Gore-Lieberman in 2000.

Additionally, his campaign experience includes stints at the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and as the Communications Director for Senator Debbie Stabenow’s 2006 re-election campaign.  Mr. Colburn also served as the Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff in Senator Stabenow’s Senate office.

Mr. Colburn attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia, where he earned both a BA in Government and a Master’s in Public Policy.  He is a recipient of William & Mary’s Baxter-Ward Fellowship for Distinguished Government Department Alumni, as well as the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.



Consul General of Japan in Boston

He have served at the Embassies of Japan in the United Kingdom, Washington, D.C. and Singapore, at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, and, immediately prior to his appointment in Boston, as Deputy Permanent Representative and Minister of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.


Amb Ichiro fujisaki 3

President of the America-Japan Society, Inc.; Professor of Sophia University and Keio University; Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America (2008-2012).

Ichiro Fujisaki is currently President of America-Japan Society in Japan. He is also a distinguished professor of Sophia University and Keio University, both in Tokyo. Additionally, he is advisor to the metropolitan city of Tokyo.

Fujisaki served as the Ambassador of Japan to the United States 2008 through October 2012.
During this period, there were frequent changes in Japanese leadership, but he stayed on as a point person between Japan and the United States. Fujisaki was instrumental in bridging Japan and the US following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March 2011. He frequently appeared on all forms of media, including national TV news shows. He was engaged in all of Japan’s negotiations with the US on security and trade issues, including Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) consultations. Fujisaki has visited nearly all the fifty states, has met with local leaders, and has appeared on local media outlets.

Fujisaki is well connected to Japan’s political, bureaucratic, and business circles, having served more than 40 years in the Japanese government. As the Deputy Foreign Minister, he served as Prime Minister Koizumi’s personal representative to the G8 Summit as Sherpa. He was Japan’s chief trade negotiator and headed the teams for Free Trade Area agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. He has initiated and headed Deputy Ministerial dialogue with China. He also frequently traveled to India to lay the groundwork for large scale infrastructure projects which are currently underway. Fujisaki joined the Foreign Ministry of Japan in 1969 after passing the High Level Diplomatic Examination. He has served 20 years abroad and 23 years in Tokyo during his career.



Koji Murata, Ph.D., is Professor at Faculty of Law and currently serves as the President of Doshisha University. He also served as Dean of the Faculty of Law and the Graduate School of Law at Doshisha University (2011-2012) and was Associate Professor at the Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences at Hiroshima University.

Mr, Murata graduated from Doshisha University (Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law) in 1987, and received Master’s degree in Political Science from the Graduate School of Law, Kobe University in 1989, the  M.Phil. degree in Political Science from the George Washington University in 1995. He earned Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the Graduate School of Law, Kobe University in 1998.



Former U.S. Ambassador; Henry Kissinger Professor for International Security and Governverce, Bonn University

J.D. Bindenagel, the Henry Kissinger Professor for International Security and Governverce in Bonn University, is responsible for deepening connections between DePaul’s Chicago and overseas campuses and communities. These local, global and government relationships support DePaul’s mission to prepare students, not only to better understand, but also to influence and shape the world in which they live.

A former ambassador and 28-year veteran of the U.S. diplomatic corps, Bindenagel brings extensive experience in governmental and international affairs to his new post.

Prior to joining DePaul, he was vice president for program at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. President Bill Clinton appointed him in 1999 as U.S. ambassador and special envoy for Holocaust issues. As ambassador, he provided policy, diplomatic and negotiating advice to the Secretary of State on World War II-era forced labor, insurance, art, property restitution, and Holocaust education and remembrance. He played an instrumental role in the negotiations that led to agreements in 2001 securing $6 billion in payments from Germany, Austria and France for Holocaust and other Nazi victims. A U.S. Army veteran, he served the State Department in Washington, D.C., and Germany in various capacities from 1975 to 2003.

He was director for Central European Affairs in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs at the State Department from 1992 to 1994 and U.S. charge d’affaires and deputy chief of mission in Bonn, Germany, from 1994 to 1997. He was U.S. deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Berlin, East Germany, at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and helped negotiate the reunification of Germany. Other Foreign Service assignments included head of the embassy political affairs unit in Bonn in the mid-1980s, when he helped pave the way for the deployment of U.S. Pershing missiles on German soil. Bindenagel was special U.S. negotiator for “Conflict Diamonds,” leading a U.S. government interagency group to create a certification process to prevent proceeds from sales of illicit rough “conflict” diamonds from financing insurrections against legitimate governments in Africa.

He also was an American Political Science Association fellow with Congressman Lee H. Hamilton (1987-1988) and was director, Business-Government Programs for Rockwell International (1991-1992). Bindenagel received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001, the Commander’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit from the President of Germany in 2001, and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President George W. Bush in 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Research Associate, Center for the Study of Asia , Boston University; Research Associate, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Grant F. Rhode is currently John A. van Beuren Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he  teaches Asian Maritime History and Current Disputes, and is also Research Associate at the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia and at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.  Dr. Rhode holds a masters degree from the University of Oxford in the Social Anthropology of China, and a doctorate from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Asian Diplomatic History and Foreign Policies.


Mr.Mitoji Yabunaka

Mitoji Yabunaka is a senior statesman of Japan and renowned opinion leader, as well as author of several best-selling books in Japan, including the newly released, PATH OF JAPAN (2015). He served as Consul-General of Japan in Chicago from 1998 to 2002. From 2002-2005 he was Director General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and represented Japan in its negotiations with North Korea. In 2008 Mr. Yabunaka was appointed Vice-Minister for Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Following his retirement from government service, he has served as Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Adviser to Nomura Research Institute, and Professor at Ritsumeikan University and Osaka University.



Hiroyuki Akita studied at Boston University and Harvard University. He worked in Beijing Office and Washing Office of The Nikkei Newspaper.

Mr. Akita was an expert of Japan-US and US-China relationship, as well as North Korean issues.

Since March 2009, Mr. Akita has been in charge of reporting foreign relations and security policies as an editorial board of Japanese politics.



Professor Suzanne P. Ogden is a Professor and Interim Chair of Northeastern University’s Department of Political Science. Professor Ogden’s areas of study include comparative politics, Chinese politics, democratization and development in China, international relations, US-China relations, and US policy towards Asia.

During her career, Professor Ogden has written and edited numerous publications, which include Inklings of Democracy in China and China’s Unresolved Issues: Politics, Development and Culture. Professor Ogden has also held positions as: Research Associate at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research; as a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University’s Wolfson College; Visiting Scholar at National University of Singapore’s East Asian Research Institute; Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Oriental Studies; Fulbright Lecturer at the Foreign Affairs College of the Chinese Foreign Ministry; as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Contemporary China; and, as a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Currently Professor Ogden teaches both graduate and undergraduate level courses on international relations, urban planning in China, Chinese politics, and Chinese foreign policy. Professor Ogden holds a PhD from Brown University.


Grant Rhode

Research Associate, Center for the Study of Asia , Boston University; Research Associate, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Grant F. Rhode is currently John A. van Beuren Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he  teaches Asian Maritime History and Current Disputes, and is also Research Associate at the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia and at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.  Dr. Rhode holds a masters degree from the University of Oxford in the Social Anthropology of China, and a doctorate from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Asian Diplomatic History and Foreign Policies.





Richard Javad Heydarian is an academic, foreign affairs/economic analyst, and policy advisor, focusing on the Asia-Pacific and MENA regions. As a specialist on Asian geopolitical/economic affairs, he has served as a resource speaker for varying national and international forums, and interviewed by or quoted in Aljazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, The New York Times, South China Morning Post, NPR, People’s Daily, Global Times, CCTV, Russia Today, Voice of Russia, Tehran Times, The National, Council on Foreign Relations, Business Mirror, Le Monde, Foreign policy, UPI, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business World, Philippine Star, among others. He has advised foreign investors and varying diplomatic posts on geopolitical and economic developments vis-à-vis the Philippines and East Asia. He is also a regular contributor to Australia’s Lowy Institute for International Policy on East Asian affairs as well as the Indian Council on Global Relations (Gateway House). He has authored more than 400 analytic articles/policy papers/opinion columns on international affairs, writing for leading publications such as Aljazeera English, Asia Times, Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Straits Times, The National Interest, The Nation, World Politics Review, East Asia Forum, The Diplomat, Yahoo News, Hong Kong Economic Journal, among others. He is the author of “How Capitalism Failed the Arab World: The Economic Roots and Precarious Future of the Middle East Uprisings” (Zed, London), currently available in leading universities such Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Oxford, New York University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of California Berkeley, among others.



Chief Operation Officer, Boston Global Forum

Dr. Elliot Salloway trained in Periodontology at Tufts, B.U and University of Pennsylvania graduate medical and dental schools. His residency was at Beth Israel Hospital and University Hospital Boston. He served as a captain in the US Air Force during the Cuba crisis and then became the first periodontist to practice in the City of Worcester where he still sees patients after 50 years. He was a member of the faculty of Harvard graduate dental school for over 35 years (where the “E.W.Salloway Teaching and Research Fund “was established by his patients and friends). He has served on several arts boards including Boston Ballet friends, Public Action for the Arts, Photo Resource Center and the Massachusetts Repertory Company which was the first equity repertory company in Boston 1977-78. Mass Rep brought talent such as Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, Rex Harrison, Sylvia Sidney, Brian Bedford, Ben Gazzara, Eva Marie Saint and Harry Chapin to the Boston theater district. Dr.Salloway is also a member of several professional and arts organizations including Indochina Arts Partnership, Rakushokai(Tokyo),International Association of Dental Research, American Academy of dental research and American Academy of Periodontology. He has lectured worldwide in his profession and for five years at the Miami Historical Museum on his photographs of the changing Miami River. He is prolific photographer and painter who has shown in galleries in Boston ,Miami ,Berlin ,Krefeld Germany and Hanoi. He is the Co-founder of Project Exodus which calls on children and teenagers to make art which addresses the question “is genocide and crimes against humanity preventable”? Project Exodus is now active in Boston with a show in mid February 2014 at Leslie college with the organization Violence Transformed.


Dick Pirozzolo, Boston Global Forum-2

Member, Boston Global Forum Editorial Board; Founder and Managing Director, Pirozzolo Company Public Relations

Dick Pirozzolo is the founder and managing director of Boston-based Pirozzolo Company Public Relations, whose clients have included the governments of Vietnam, Japan and Canada and corporations in Indonesia, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany and China.

During the mid-1990’s, Dick figured prominently in fostering reconciliation and trade with Vietnam, building US public support for accepting Vietnam as a Most Favored Nation trading partner and launching trade initiatives in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, including the watershed VietnAmerica Expo – Hanoi’s official welcoming of US business. Additionally, he promoted successful trade initiatives with Vietnam on behalf of The State of Hawaii, Smith & Wesson, Syratech, the USA’s largest housewares company, and J/Brice Design International, Inc. the Boston and Dammam, KSA-based hospitality design and development firm.

In addition to establishing profitable relationships with Vietnam business and government entities, Dick arranged for positive media coverage of Vietnam by the world and US press – from Agence France Press and NHK to NBC Nightly News and Time Magazine. Additionally, his bylined articles, photos and op-ed pieces on Vietnam public policy and trade have appeared in the Washington Times, Insight, Transpacific, The Advertiser, Beverage World, Vietnam Business Journal, Destination Vietnam, The Boston Sunday Herald, Trade Show Week and PR News.

Dick brings high-level public relations, issues management and relationship-building skills to every client engagement. His recent work includes fostering carbon-offset trading on behalf of Trayport (GFIG/NYSE) and Foreign Exchange trading in Asia for FCM360, Inc. His earlier work includes public relations management positions with Boston University, where he was on assignment with the US Federal Court-Appointed Experts during Boston’s court-ordered and controversial school desegregation. Dick was a daily newspaper reporter with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and a freelance writer for national magazines. He is author of four successful nonfiction books on homebuilding and design and of For All the Years, a history of television in New England.

While working as a public relations consultant to WBZ-TV, Dick helped create and fund a million-dollar endowment for the performing arts in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and was awarded the Bronze Star for service as a US Air Force captain in Vietnam where he served as a information (media relations) officer for the 7th Air Force in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

Dick is on the Advisory Board of the Association of Southeast Asia CEOs (SEACEO), serves on the Public Relations Committee of the New England Canada Business Council and has been an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) since 1978. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (formerly Sigma Delta Chi honorary society), The Foreign Press Association of New York and The New York Deadline Club.



Dr. Lei Guo earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Her research focuses on the development of media effects theories, emerging media technologies and democracy, and international communication. She and Dr. Maxwell McCombs proposed the third level of agenda-setting theory—the Network Agenda-Setting Model, and tested the model in various settings using computer-assisted text analysis methods such as semantic network analysis, sentiment analysis, and data visualization.

Her studies, both quantitative and qualitative, have been published in a number of leading peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of CommunicationJournalism StudiesJournal of Broadcasting & Electronic MediaCritical Studies in Media CommunicationJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and International Communication Gazette. Dr. Guo has also been invited to write book chapters about journalism and communication in the United States and China. Her recent work includes co-editing a book The Power of Information Networks: New Directions for Agenda Setting published by Routledge.


Ms. Nobue Mita is a graduate of the Department of French Literature at Rikkyo University. She worked at Fujitsu Limited, Mitsubishi Corporation as an event producer for a prominent shef.

Ms. Mita is the founder of the Rakushokai – a monthly study group for business executive with special prominent lecturer, held for eight years since September of 2006.

In 2011, Ms. Mita organized a charity concert for the Great East Japan Earthquake with a former Japanese ambassador to the United States.

In 2012, Ms. Mita  organized a Christmas charity bazaar for the Great East Japan Earthquake at the Tokyo American Club.

Ms. Mita  has been the representative of the Boston Global Forum JAPAN since March 2013.



Member, Boston Global Forum Editorial Board; Co-Host and Executive Producer of “White House Chronicle” — a weekly news and public affairs program airing on PBS

Llewellyn King is the creator, executive producer and host of “White House Chronicle,” a weekly news and public affairs program,​​now in its 17th year on PBS. The program also airs ​on public, educational and government cable access television stations​, and ​on Voice of America ​Television​​​. Episodes can be viewed on the program’s Web site,whchronicle.com. An audio version of “White House Chronicle” airs weekends on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States) Channel 124. King is also a regular commentator on P.O.T.U.S.

In addition to broadcasting, King writes a weekly column for the Hearst-New York Times Syndicate and The Huffington Post. ​In 2006, University Press of America published a collection of his columns​,​“Washington and The World 2001-2005.” The columns mainly appeared in Knight-Ridder newspapers​​including The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer and The Columbus Dispatch. King was the founding editor​-in​-​chief and publisher of The Energy Daily. The energy industry newsletter, created before the energy crisis broke out in 1973, was the flagship of his award-winning King Publishing Group, which he sold in 2006. The group’s other titles included Defense Week, New Technology Week, Navy News & Undersea Technology and White House Weekly. Over the years, King’s insightful reporting and analysis of energy has led to frequent guest spots on TV news shows, including NBC’s “Meet the Press” and PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and CNN. King’s remarkable career in journalism began in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where he was hired​,​​​at age 16​,​ as a foreign correspondent for Time magazine. He also reported from Africa for London’s Daily Express and News Chronicle and United Press.

Moving to London in 1959, King worked as an executive for The Daily Mirror Group, a reporter for Associated Newspapers, and a news writer for BBC and ITN.​​Then moving to the United States in the 1960s, King worked as an editor and reporter for The New York Herald Tribune, The Baltimore News-American, The Washington Daily News and The Washington Post. A stint at McGraw-Hill’s Nucleonics Week led to his founding The Energy Daily. But it wasn’t King’s first trailblazing publication; his first was Women Now, a monthly magazine targeted to emerging professional women in the 1960s. “It didn’t liberate any women, but it liberated all my money,” King quips. Before creating “White House Chronicle,” King and his wife, Linda Gasparello, co-hosted “The Bull and The Bear,” a daily stock market program that aired on the GoodLife and Jones cable television networks in the mid-1990s.​​

King has given more than 2,000 speeches; he is an erudite ​commentator on energy, foreign affairs, Congress and the White House, small business, science, technology and journalism. He has organized more than 1,000 conferences on issues ranging from nuclear energy to land mine removal, Social Security and campaign finance. For his longtime contribution to the understanding of science and technology, King received an honorary doctorate in engineering from The Stevens Institute of Technology. ​He has received hundreds of energy industry awards, and most recently the United States Energy Association’s ​ 2014 Award. ​


Co-Host and General Manager of “White House Chronicle” — a weekly news and public affairs program airing on PBS

Linda Gasparello began her career in journalism as a reporter for Forbesin New York, and associate editor of Forbes in Arabic, the business magazine’s annual Arabic language edition.

After joining King Publishing Group, Gasparello edited a number of industry newsletters and White House Weekly.

For five years, she and Llewellyn King co-anchored “The Bull &The Bear,” a stock market program that aired on the Jones and GoodLife cable television networks. She has been a commentator for the BBC Radio, RTE, Polish TV and Voice of America.

Gasparello received her bachelor’s degree in Arabic from Georgetown University. She was awarded a graduate fellowship to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo.