"After Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Pivot to Asia - What does it Mean and Why is it Important?"

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 6:00pm
Speaker: Ambassaodor Alphonse LaPorta
U.S. Ambassador, Retired



Ambassador La Porta currently is a Managing Partner of Trans Pacific Partners, LLC (TPP), a consultancy specializing in business and educational development in Southeast Asia.  On behalf of TPP, he provides professional support for military exercises in the Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and serves as a consultant on civil preparedness and disaster management.  He also serves part-time as a senior watch director for the Bureau of Political Military Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.


Ambassador La Porta was president of the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) from 2004 through 2007.  He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in the fall of 2003 after 38 years of service in the Department of State and an overall U.S. Government career of 44 years.  During his time in the Foreign Service, he served as Ambassador to Mongolia (1997-2000) and Political Advisor to the Commander of NATO Forces in Southern Europe, Naples, Italy (2000-03).  He also was stationed overseas in Indonesia (twice), Malaysia, New Zealand, and Turkey, and is a graduate of the National War College.  He has also worked extensively on the Philippines as executive director to the Special Envoy for the Multilateral Assistance Initiative/Philippine Assistance Program, Cambodia as director of the Office of Cambodian Genocide Investigations of the Department of State, and the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands while stationed in Washington, DC. 


He also co-chairs the Southeast Asia area studies course at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, and is a consultant on Asian affairs to the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In 2008-09, he served as chief of party for Development Alternatives International (DAI) on a USAID project to advise the foreign ministry in Pristina, Kosovo. 


He is a board member of  the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the Malaysian-American Society, and the Friends of Mongolia and is an advisor to the Hawaii-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce.