Ted Osius (left) and Kirk Wagar
Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Kirk Wagar, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, will speak on U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia on Thursday, March 10, 12:15 p.m. at the UCLA School of Law, Room 1457. The event is hosted by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and co-sponsored by UCLA’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Center for Global Management of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the International and Comparative Law Program of the UCLA School of Law.
Moderated by George Dutton, director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and a historian of early modern and colonial Vietnam, the event will focus on U.S.-Vietnam-Singapore relations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impact on the region, as well as LGBT and human rights issues.
Osius is a career Foreign Service officer and the sixth U.S. ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Early in his career, he helped open the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and was one of the first diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. Prior to his confirmation as ambassador in 2014, Osius was an associate professor at the National War College and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Jakarta; political minister-counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi; deputy director of the Office of Korean Affairs at the State Department; regional environment officer for Southeast Asia and the Pacific; and senior international affairs advisor in the Office of the Vice President. Before joining the Foreign Service, Osius worked in the office of U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Jr. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Wagar was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore in 2013. He previously worked as managing partner of Wagar Law, P.A., a Miami-based law firm that focused on contract and insurance litigation. Wagar served on the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee of the U.S. Export-Import Bank in 2010, and on the full Ex-Im Bank Advisory Committee in 2011 and 2012. After serving as the Florida Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee for President Obama, Wagar was a trustee of the presidential inaugural committee in both 2009 and 2013. He also served as Florida Finance Chair for the 2004 presidential campaign of John Kerry. Wagar has been a member of the boards of the American Association for Justice, the Florida Justice Association and the National Collegiate Conference Association (parent of the national Model United Nations).