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James A. Kelly

James A Kelly, ICAS Liberty Foundation Distinguished Fellow and ICAS Liberty Award Recipiant, is Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. President Bush nominated Mr Kelly on April 3, 2001; he was confirmed by the US Senate on April 26, 2001 and sworn in on May 1, 2001.

Presently, Secretary Kelly serves as the US Chief Delegate to the Six-Party Talks (US, China, South Korea, North Korea, Japan and Russia) and he has sought, since the fact has been disclosed, to bring North Korea to the negotiating table and to convince the country to abandon its illicit nuclear weapons program.

From 1994-2001, Jim was president of the Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of Honolulu. The Pacific Forum has analyzed and led dialogue on Asia-Pacific political, security, and economic/business issues since 1975. It is the autonomous Pacific arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

From 1989 to 1994, Jim was President of EAP Associates, Inc., of Honolulu, which provided international business consulting services with an Asia/Pacific focus to private clients. Previously, he served at the White House in Washington, DC as Special Assistant for National Security Affairs to President Ronald Reagan, and as Senior Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council, from March 1986 to March 1989. From June, 1983 to March 1986, Jim was at the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (East Asia and Pacific.)

Jim earned an MBA from the School of Business Administration of Harvard University in 1968. He is also a graduate of the US Naval Academy (BS, 1959) and the National War College (1977). Jim served in the US Navy from 1959 to 1982, concluding his active duty as a Captain, Supply Corps.

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