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Young Leader discusses his writings, relation with the Foundation
February 6, 2014
Jamie Metzl, a 2002 Young Leader of the French-American Foundation is a partner of the global investment company Cranemere and a Senior Fellow of the Asia Society.
Jamie has served as the Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counselor of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the Department of State, Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in Kansas City in 2004.
Jamie appears regularly on national and international media, including CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, and NBC and has been a guest on Meet the Press. The author of a book on human rights in Southeast Asia and the 2004 novel The Depths of the Sea, Jamie’s syndicated columns and other writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications around the world. His novel Genesis Code will be published in fall 2004 by Arcade. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founder and Co-Chair of the Board of the bipartisan national security organization Partnership for a Secure America, a member of the board of the Jewish refugee agency HIAS and the International Center for Transitional Justice, and a former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from Oxford University, a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He has completed eleven ironman triathlons, twenty-four marathons, and seven ultramarathons.
Jamie, we’re delighted to have you as a former Young Leader of the Foundation and are ever-grateful for your ongoing support and involvement in our work.
You’re 2004 novel, The Depths of the Sea, was re-released as an eBook by St. Martin's Press on Tuesday. What has been the reaction to this work since its initial release in 2004, and what brought about the re-release?
The Depths of the Sea is a thriller that draws together Washington politics and the political and diplomatic situation in Southeast Asia. You have a degree in Southeast Asian history, as well as extensive experience in politics stateside. How do you draw upon these experiences and great knowledge when developing novels?
Tell us about your new work, Genesis Code, which will be released in November. What inspired you to write this new book?
In addition to your other work, how did you become a novelist? How does your expertise and professional experience contribute to your novels, and how does this creative outlet serve your other professional endeavors?
What was your experience as a Foundation Young Leader? What was the best part of the Annual Meetings you attended? What has been the greatest benefit of being part of this network since?
You have graciously agreed to co-chair the Young Leaders Advisory Committee, which will work to maintain the engagement of our Young Leaders community through more events and communications. What would you like to see become of the Young Leaders network and what can be gained through these connections?
Your background internationally is primarily in Asian history and politics? How has your affiliation with the French-American Foundation and the Young Leaders network impacted your work and understanding in this region?