Previous Ambassadors

Ambassador of U.S. Mission to ASEAN 

Ambassador Nina Hachigian was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on September 19, 2014. In her capacity as Chief of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, Ambassador Hachigian is responsible for working with ASEAN member states and other stakeholders to advance U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and integrated Southeast Asia that supports human dignity and a rules-based regional order.  The Mission’s five priorities in the U.S. relationship with ASEAN are: supporting economic integration; expanding maritime cooperation; cultivating emerging leaders; promoting opportunity for women; and addressing transnational challenges.

Previously, she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Ambassador Hachigian was the editor of Debating China: The U.S. – China Relationship in Ten Conversations (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon & Schuster, 2008), as well as many reports on Asia policy.

Prior to American Progress, Ambassador Hachigian was a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and served as the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy for four years. From 1998 to 1999, she was on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House.

Ambassador Hachigian has published numerous reports, book chapters, and articles, including in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, Democracy, and Survival, as well as op-ed pieces appearing in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the South China Morning Post. She also co-authored The Information Revolution in Asia (RAND, 2003). Ambassador Hachigian has been a guest on a variety of news programs.

Ambassador Hachigian was on the board of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs at Stanford University.   She was a member of the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Ambassador Hachigian received her B.S. from Yale University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Ambassador of U.S. Mission to ASEAN April 2011 – December 2013

Ambassador David L. Carden was sworn in as the United States’ first resident Ambassador to ASEAN in March, 2011. He officially assumed his duty on April 26, 2011 after presenting his credentials to ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Prior to being confirmed as Ambassador, he was a partner at Jones Day, a leading international law firm.

At Jones Day, Ambassador Carden most recently co-chaired the firm’s Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice.

In this role, he was responsible for representing clients in some of the largest securities fraud class actions ever litigated, including high-profile cases involving Lehman Brothers, Enron, and AIG. In prior years, he also oversaw the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice and Trial Practice in New York.

Ambassador Carden has also been responsible for coordinating the defense of litigation brought in the courts of various foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherland Antilles, and Barbados. He has extensive experience conducting discovery in foreign countries, and has defended and prosecuted claims and conducted investigations for and against entities in numerous countries, including Indonesia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

He has been recognized by ChambersNew York Super Lawyers, and The New York Times “Super Lawyer Section” for his accomplishments in defending securities litigation.

Ambassador Carden received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, where he serves on the Board of Visitors, and his B.A. from DePauw University. He and his wife, Rebecca Riley, have two adult children.