A message from the co-founders of the Council on Asian Affairs, Riley Walters and Olivia Enos
A little more than a year ago, the Council on Asian Affairs (CoAA) was just a figment of our imaginations. Little did we know it would grow to more than one hundred young Asia policy professionals in such a short amount of time.
After attending events around town, and talking to leaders in our respective fields, we recognized the need for a group devoted exclusively to connecting, informing, and empowering young Asia policy professionals.
We eventually created what is now the Council on Asian Affairs.
CoAA is a non-partisan, off-the-record group for under- thirty Asia policy professionals in Washington, D.C.Through monthly meetings, our members are able to meet and form friendships with other young Asia policy professionals in the D.C. area while simultaneously learning from the top experts in the field.
Members of our diverse group come from a variety of think tanks, academia, the policy and business communities, small trade associations, embassies, and abroad. Council members are not without exposure to great thinkers and writers, but lack opportunities to put into practice their valuable skills. The Council was created to fill that void by providing a platform for members to think, write, and speak on political, economic, and defense issues facing Asia.
As our membership continues to expand, it seems fitting to launch an official website. Our hope is that the creation of this website will serve as an excellent publishing opportunity that expands the influence of our members – allowing members to create new content for the website or re-publish from other prestigious outlets.
We are excited for the year ahead as we host new and exciting events, seek to expand our membership, and deepen our friendship with existing members.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting,
Riley and Olivia