Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Daniel R. Russel is a longtime American diplomat and White House advisor who served as one of President Obama’s senior aides on Asia and Pacific affairs, helping formulate the administration's “pivot,” or strategic rebalance, to the Asia Pacific region. Russel studied at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of London, and in the mid 1980s worked as an assistant to the ambassador to Japan, the longtime Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield. He also served at the United Nations, at U.S. embassies in Seoul and Cyprus, and as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. He was also the consul general in Osaka-Kobe, Japan. In January 2009, he was named special assistant to President Obama and senior director at the National Security Council for Asian affairs. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Russel is now Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society PolicySubscribe, register or login to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.