Senior Fellows

Diana Newton

Senior Fellow, Tower Center, SMU

316 Carr Collins
(214) 768-4087

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M. Diana Helweg Newton is Senior Fellow at the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University.  She is also an adjunct professor where she teaches National Security Policy in the Political Science Department.  Mrs. Newton has also taught Global Policy Making and US Foreign Policy in Asia as a visiting professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at the University of Texas at Austin.  Before working at SMU, Mrs. Newton was an International Affairs Fellow and a Hitachi International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where she served as the project director for the Economic Task Force on Japan.  Before working at the Council, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy National Security Advisor at the National Security Council, and as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs at the State Department.  Prior to that, she practiced law with Morrison & Foerster.  She is a graduate of Yale University and Boston University School of Law.

Education and Honors

  • Tower Center Sun & Star Japanese Studies Fellowship, 2001
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1992
    • Boston University International Law Journal Topics Editor; Research Assistant for Professor William W. Park
  • B.A.,East Asian Studies & Education, Yale University, 1988

Selected Speeches & Publications

  • M. Diana Helweg, “Japan: A Rising Sun?” Foreign Affairs Magazine, July/August 2000 (Vol. 79, No. 4, pp. 26-39)
  • “Closing Remarks,” Asia’s Contested Waters: The East China and South China Sea, John G. Tower Center Sun & Star Conference, SMU, September 19, 2013
  • “Troubled Waters: East Asia’s Territorial Disputes and U.S. Policy,” Council on Foreign Relations Event, Houston, TX, in January and Dallas, TX in February, 2014