Charles Morrison

President, East-West Center, Hawaii, USA

Charles E. Morrison is president of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. His first job was as a legislative assistant for a US Senator, focusing on foreign policy, trade, and government ethics. Moving to Hawaii in 1980s, he worked for the East-West Center as a research scholar and concurrently with the Japan Center for International Exchange on a variety of projects, including two US-Japan binational commissions and several reports of the Trilateral Commission. In the early 1990s, he became the director of the East-West Center's Economic and Politics Program, and in 1998, he was selected as the Center's president, a position he is stepping down from at the end of this year. Dr. Morrison has written on Southeast Asian international relations, US foreign and trade policies toward Asia, and Asia-Pacific regional organizations. For several years, he convened a Freeman Foundation-funded Salzburg Global Seminar program on Asia-Pacific issues.


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