"Imperfect Partners" is former ambassador Scot Marciel's inside account of US relations with Southeast Asia since the Cold War. Combining research, anecdotes and analysis, Marciel offers insights into U.S. approaches toward allies, former foes, and countries in transition, plus practical recommendations for boosting US influence in the region.
Scot Marciel is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center and a Senior Advisor at BowerGroupAsia. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in April 2022 after a 37-year diplomatic career that included assignments as Ambassador to Myanmar, Ambassador to Indonesia, and Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs. He also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and in U.S. Missions in the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Turkey, and Brazil. A native of Fremont, California, he holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a BA from the University of California at Davis. He and his wife Mae have two daughters and live in Livermore, California.