U.S.-ASEAN Relations
What to expect in 2024

The United States and ASEAN benefit from far-reaching commercial and trade ties. ASEAN represents the world’s fourth-largest market, and the United States is ASEAN’s largest source of foreign direct investment. The U.S.-ASEAN relationship is a partnership for prosperity, creating jobs on both sides of the Pacific. More than 6,200 U.S. companies operate across ASEAN’s member states, employing nearly one million people, and all 50 U.S. states export to ASEAN, supporting more than 625,000 U.S. jobs. In addition, over 50,000 students from Southeast Asia study in the U.S. each year. AmCham members are invited to participate in a virtual conversation with Ambassador Yohannes Abraham on U.S.-ASEAN relations and what to expect in the year ahead.

Yohannes Abraham was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on September 19, 2022, after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Prior to assuming this position, Abraham served as Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary of the U.S. National Security Council. In this role, he oversaw NSC operations, the facilitation of the national security policy process, the White House Situation Room, and planning for President Biden’s diplomatic engagements at home and abroad.

Abraham served in several White House roles during the Obama-Biden Administration, including as Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council and as Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. He later helped set up the Obama Foundation as interim Chief Operating Officer. Abraham has also worked in the Vanguard Group’s global investment unit and taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He holds a BA from Yale College and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

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