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David L. Carden served as the first resident U.S. ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As U.S. ambassador, Carden oversaw the broadening engagement of the United States in Southeast Asia, which included the Obama administration’s 2011 “pivot” or “rebalance” to the region. His responsibilities included supporting ASEAN economic integration and advocating for the systemic changes necessary to promote peaceful and prosperous growth in the region.
Under his leadership, the U.S. Mission to ASEAN addressed the issues inherent in realizing ASEAN’s aspirations. These included economic development, trade liberalization, intellectual property protection, developing the rule of law and more effective governance, human rights, pandemic prevention and preparedness, advancing health care and educational opportunities, terrestrial and maritime environmental protection, managing the region’s fisheries and natural resources, responding to deforestation and climate change, food and water security, and advancing programs to increase the resilience of ASEAN’s people and institutions.
Prior to his ambassadorship, Carden was a partner in Jones Day’s New York office where he co-chaired the Securities Litigation and SEC Enforcement Practice. He has represented clients in some of the largest securities fraud class actions ever litigated, including the defense of Lehman Brothers in the Enron Litigation and Union Excess in the In Re AIG Securities Litigation. He was special litigation counsel in the Lehman Brothers Holding Bankruptcy and was responsible for coordinating the defense of litigation and conducting investigations in numerous foreign jurisdictions.
Carden holds a J.D. from Indiana University and a B.A. from DePauw University. He serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Indiana University and as advisor to the IU Center for Rural Engagement.
Patrick O’Meara has been Indiana University’s ambassador to the world. As a faculty member in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, director of the African Studies Program, dean of international programs, and IU’s first vice president for international affairs, O’Meara has greatly expanded the range and depth of international activities at IU. The Patrick O’Meara International Lecture celebrates O’Meara’s service to IU and continues his legacy of enriching IU’s international engagement by bringing international thinkers and scholars of note to campus.