Senior Fellows

Diana Newton

Senior Fellow at the Tower Center, Lecturer in Public Policy and International Affairs, SMU

316 Carr Collins
(214) 768-4087

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M. Diana Helweg Newton is a senior fellow at the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and a lecturer in Public Policy and International Affairs at Southern Methodist University (SMU) where she teaches in the Tower Scholars program, a selective public policy minor that blends academic theory with real-world policymaking. Mrs. Newton also gives talks on U.S. relations with Japan, Korea and China for organizations including CFR, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, and Keio University in Japan.  Mrs. Newton has also taught U.S. foreign policy in Asia and global policy making at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. Before moving to Texas, Mrs. Newton was an International Affairs Fellow at CFR in New York City and a Hitachi International Affairs Fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange, where she worked as the project director for the Council’s Economic Task Force on Japan. Prior to 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.  Previously, she practiced law in the Legal Adviser’s Office at State, and she began her legal career at Morrison & Foerster in Washington, DC.  She is a graduate of Yale University and Boston University School of Law.  She currently serves on the board of trustees at Deerfield Academy, and on the Hitachi IAF Selection Committee and the National Program Committee at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Education and Honors

  • Member, Board of Trustees at Deerfield Academy
  • Member, Hitachi IAF Selection Committee and National Program Committee, Council on Foreign Relations

  • 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

  • Panelist, “Pivot to Asia? U.S. Foreign Policy and the Politics of East Asia,” Keio University and John G. Tower Center Sun & Star Conference, Keio University, Mita Campus, Tokyo, June 11, 2016.
  •  Panelist at Tower Center Monthly Seminar on President Donald Trump and Asia, “Trump Policy in Japan and the Koreas,” SMU, February 15, 2017.
  • Panelist with the Consuls General of Canada and Mexico, “NAFTA, Global Value Chains, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Relationship,” John G. Tower Center Sun & Star Conference, SMU, May 3-4, 2017
  • 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