In the weeks since the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea first broke out, questions have emerged about how the United States might respond to future conflicts, including in East Asia. This debate is unfolding as President Barack Obama prepares for his upcoming trip to Asia later this month. While the president’s Asia trip is intended to show increasing U.S. commitment to the region, the president may face skepticism from Asia’s leaders and citizens.
On April 18, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion on what the Crimea crisis may portend in terms of a U.S. response to other international crises in the future -- in particular for achieving the Obama administration’s objectives in the Asia-Pacific region. Participants included Brookings Senior Fellows Kenneth Lieberthal, Michael O'Hanlon, Steven Pifer and Jonathan Pollack. Jeremy Shapiro, visiting fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings, moderated the discussion.