On August 4, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution hosted Daniel Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, for a briefing on Secretary Kerry’s trip to the 21st ASEAN Regional Forum. Richard Bush, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies, served as moderator.
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Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American policy in East Asia
There’s no question that many in Southeast Asia see the region caught uncomfortably between the United States and China. The Trump administration’s repeated calls for a free and open Indo-Pacific have fallen flat in various capitals, which many see as very thin gruel, begging the issue of how the U.S. intends to remain relevant to the regional future.