Ambassador (Ret.) David Carden served as the first resident US Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). As US Ambassador, he oversaw the broadening engagement of the United States in Southeast Asia. Under his leadership, the US Mission to Asean focused on the human and natural systems that affect the region and worked to build alliances to help Asean achieve it goals. He is also the author of "Mapping ASEAN: Achieving Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability in Southeast Asia".