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Richard Bush Resigns as AIT Chairman

Richard Bush announced on May 17, 2002, his intention to resign as Chairman and Managing Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). He will join the Brookings Institution, the Washington, D.C. think tank, as a Senior Fellow and as Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies.

Chairman Bush said: “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as AIT’s chairman and managing director for the last four-plus years. I value very deeply the many friendships I made during that time and the many kindnesses the Taiwan people have shown me. I appreciate the opportunity to have made a contribution to the US-Taiwan relationship, which I believe is better now than it has been in a long time. I leave my position confident about Taiwan’s future and about the relations between our two peoples.”

Bush became AIT’s fifth Chairman and Managing Director in September 1997. He will leave AIT to assume his new position in July. At that time it is expected that Barbara J. Schrage will become Acting Managing Director.

Brookings’s Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies focuses on research, analysis, and outreach designed to enhance policy development and understanding of political, economic, and security issues facing Northeast Asia. The Center’s principal areas of research include the security architecture of Northeast Asia; U.S.-China strategic relations; the new strategic triangle of China-Japan-U.S. relations; integrating China into the world economy and the international political system; Japan's structural rigidities; and U.S. foreign policy on the Korean peninsula.