U.S. President Barack Obama passes in front of ASEAN members flags as he arrives for the Plenary session of the 21st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and East Asia summits in Phnom Penh, November 20, 2012. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)

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Ukraine Should not Dominate Obama's Trip to Asia

April 18, 2014, Fred Dews

"Ukraine may be on everyone's mind, but it should not dominate … the agenda that President Obama discusses on the [Asia] trip" next week, said Jonathan Pollack during an event today on how the Ukraine/Crimea crisis may affect U.S. response to other international crises in the future—particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

Pollack, a senior fellow with Brookings's John L. Thornton China Center and Center for East Asia Policy Studies, was joined by Senior Fellows Kenneth Lieberthal, Michael O'Hanlon and Steven Pifer in a discussion moderated by Visiting Fellow Jeremy Shapiro, who observed that the United States is a "uniquely a global power. And one of the ways in which our world is interconnected is through the medium of U.S. global power," adding that "how the U.S. reacts in one region—where resources are drawn, what lessons are drawn about U.S. credibility in one place—has important effects in the other."

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