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."

  • In the News

    These [TPP] talks are a way for the United States to rebalance its relationship with Asia, not just in military terms but in a way that taps into Asian economic optimism and that [avoids] highlighting China as a main security competitor. This rebalancing is actually an inclusive, expansive project.

    April 22, 2014, Mireya Solís, Washington Post
  • Interview | NPR's Morning Edition

    8-Day Asia Trip Critical To Obama's Regional Strategy

    April 22, 2014, Mireya Solís

  • In the News

    Getting out of Afghanistan, staying out of Libya, Syria and Ukraine, and working hard to get a nuclear deal with Iran, all strengthen the United States to play well in the main area of geopolitics: East Asia.

    April 21, 2014, Richard C. Bush III, The Straits Times
  • In the News

    Crazy as it may sound that we should be so fixed on the beef prices or the reports on wheat and so forth, this actually has larger ramifications [for the Trans-Pacific Partnership].

    April 21, 2014, Mireya Solís, New York Times
  • In the News

    At this critical juncture the U.S. government can ill afford to let the [Trans-Pacific Partnership] talks stall.

    April 19, 2014, Mireya Solís, The Hill
  • In the News

    I think that the TPP is a very important component of the [U.S. rebalance toward Asia]. It's not just about military redeployment, it's also about constructing a regional economic, trans-regional economic architecture.

    April 17, 2014, Mireya Solís, Global Post
  • Interview | Commonwealth Magazine

    April 17, 2014, Richard C. Bush III

  • Blog Post

    Reassurance at the Heart of the Obama-Abe Summit

    April 16, 2014, Mireya Solís | comments

  • Speech | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    The Taiwan Relations Act at 35

    April 16, 2014, Richard C. Bush III

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