Defense, diplomacy and development are critical elements in the U.S. National Security Strategy. In keeping with that strategy, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is designating Dr. Lori Forman as “Development Advisor.”
Currently a faculty member at APCSS, Forman brings to the position high-level development experience in the U.S. Government. She previously served as Assistant Administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Alternate Executive Director at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She also served in senior positions in both corporations and non-governmental organizations. These experiences bring to this new position her unique perspectives on international development.
As Development Advisor, Forman will contribute to APCSS’ comprehensive approach to security by advising the Center on development issues, implications and opportunities in the Pacific Command Area of Responsibility and Area of Interest. She will serve as the primary liaison with, and in-house resource about, public and private development agencies working in the Asia-Pacific region. This includes agencies such as USAID, Japan International Cooperation Agency, ADB, World Bank group, UN development organizations, etc. and with private sector entities working in development (relevant corporations and NGOs). Outreach to these development partners will include assisting with the recruitment of appropriate Fellows, partnering consultations, and research.
“Working with our Foreign Policy advisor, Lori will be a key player in expanding APCSS’ whole-of-embassy engagements and interactions with development agencies,” stated APCSS Director, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf. “By maintaining professional relationships with policy makers in these agencies and related research institutes, Lori will monitor development issues to provide advice and assessments to staff and faculty on relevant development trends and vulnerabilities. “
Forman will continue to teach, manage courses and workshops, participate in roundtables, and facilitate seminars.
The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) is a U.S. Department of Defense institute in Honolulu, Hawaii. APCSS addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.