STEPHEN COSTELLO is a policy analyst with 20 years of experience in Korea and Northeast Asia as political consultant, policy analyst, think tank program director, and tech-sector business consultant. Mr. Costello specializes in policy and politics in Korea and Northeast Asia as well as US policy and policy-making toward the region. At AsiaEast, he leads discussions with officials, scholars, thinkers, and corporate leaders in the U.S. and the Northeast Asian region.
The AsiaEast Roundtable is a hosted discussion with journalists, policy-makers and policy specialists, focusing on the security, development and current diplomacy of the region. High-quality programming is aimed at the professional policy community, including government officials, legislators, NGO specialists, businesspeople, academics and journalists. AsiaEast features extended discussions and debates with the most serious and relevant thinkers, and incorporates maps and other graphics, all focused on a group of interrelated issues that grab headlines today. From the outset, the AsiaEast target audience will include policy communities in Washington, Seoul, Tokyo and eventually Beijing, touching on these specific issues and their interrelationships:
- U.S. interests on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia, and those of China, Russia, Japan, Australia and the two Koreas;
- Politics and leadership in key countries;
- Northeast Asian regional development, security, politics, and diplomacy;
- North-South Korean dynamics, and visions of development;
- Nuclear and WMD nonproliferation efforts in Korea and Northeast Asia.
These subjects will attract attention from diverse audiences, including young leaders in media, politics and culture; companies and institutes interested in economic development and integration in the region, and in security hardware and services; existing policy programs with a focus overlapping that of AsiaEast; and nonproliferation proponents. Beyond the primary countries of Northeast Asia, other governments and their Washington embassies will find this forum to be valuable. Australia, Sweden, the UK and several EU countries may contribute senior embassy officials as guests. AsiaEast will be promoted aggressively to interested audiences and potential partners and funders.