President Obama travels to Southeast Asia this month on a three day trip with stops slated for Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. The president will use this opportunity to build trade ties and strengthen relations in the region. Notably, President Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Myanmar, an emerging democratic nation. The president’s visit to Myanmar sends a strong signal of support and encouragement to the government and the people of that country, notes Senior Fellow Jeffrey Bader.
Brookings Senior Fellow and former U.S. State Department Special Envoy on Climate Todd Stern spoke at the US Climate Action Center, at the COP 24 UN climate negotiations, on the future of the Paris Agreement in Katowice, Poland on December 10, 2018.
[On the U.S. negotiating team at the COP 24 climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland] They work seriously, effectively and knowledgeably. There is only this technical negotiating team, not a political one.