In his position at the Treasury, Robert Dohner is responsible for the region extending from Pakistan and India through China, Korea, and Japan. He has previously served as the Department’s Director of the East Asia Office, Tokyo Financial Attaché, and Director of the Office of Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining Treasury, Dohner was a Senior Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, a Principal Economist at the OECD, and Senior Economic Adviser to Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs Robert Zoellick during the first Bush Administration. He also taught economics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and he has worked at the GATT and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
In his lecture, “U.S. Policy and the Changing Economic and Financial Landscape of East Asia,” Dohner explained some of the trends and forces that have shaped the region’s economies in recent years and also addressed such involvement by the U.S. as its participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dohner concluded with four take-away points: Future growth in the region is not a given; in order to succeed, East Asian nations need to grow in ways different from the past; domestic, or even regional, efforts alone may not be sufficient to drive effective economic reform; and the U.S. has a huge economic interest in East Asia and remains vital to growth in the region.