“Human Rights and U.S. East Asia Policy”

Frank Jannuzi will briefly share personal experiences attempting to integrate human rights concerns into U.S. foreign policy in two challenging countries: China and North Korea. He will talk about what worked, and what didn’t, when he was on Capitol Hill working for Senators Biden and Kerry and when he was at Amnesty International. He will also try to convey a sense of how human rights sometimes get shunted aside by U.S. policy makers focused on other priorities – usually national security and trade. He will speak a bit about what grassroots activists can accomplish, based on his time at Amnesty International. He hopes the talk will stimulate our thinking about what we can do as citizens to advance human rights far from our shores, even though he knows and appreciates that there is much that needs to be done right here in Baltimore.

Frank Jannuzi joined the Mansfield Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2014. The Mansfield Foundation is dedicated to promoting cooperation and understanding between the United States and the nations and peoples of East Asia. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director (Advocacy, Policy and Research) at Amnesty International, USA. There he shaped and promoted legislation and policies to advance universal human rights, protect individuals and communities at risk, and free prisoners of conscience. He has traveled throughout Asia and has written extensively on East Asia policy issues, including U.S. relations with Japan, China, and North Korea. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Martin, and their two daughters.

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