President Obama’s Pacific Swing: Commitment Means More Than Just Showing the Flag

On November 11–19, President Barack Obama will embark on a critically important trip through the Pacific, beginning at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Hawaii through Australia and ending at the East Asian and U.S.–ASEAN Leaders Summit in Indonesia. Beyond the summit pageantry and speed diplomacy with other regional leaders, President Obama should seize the opportunity of his visit to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific and dispel the misperception that the U.S. is in decline and retreat from leadership. He should demonstrate to a skeptical Asia that U.S. diplomatic engagement is far more than just talk. He has an agenda perfectly suited to do that. Now it is up to him.

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