America’s 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions


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When: Sep 27 2016 - 12:00pm until Sep 27 2016 - 2:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

America’s 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar and Report Launch featuring:

Dr. Satu P. Limaye
East-West Center in Washington

Dr. Robert Sutter
Professor, George Washington University

America’s 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions from East-West Center on Vimeo.

From left to right: Dr. Satu Limaye and Dr. Robert Sutter.

The 2015-2016 presidential election campaign has had major effects on recent debates regarding U.S. Asia policy. Going into the campaign, the debates focused heavily on the efficacy of the Obama Administration’s signature “Asia Rebalance” and as a corollary the perceived U.S. weaknesses in the face of growing challenges from China. As the campaign has progressed, the broad concern with the rebalance and China remains active but secondary. Two sets of issues now overshadow the earlier focus: international trade and the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) accord, and candidate Donald Trump’s controversial proposals on allied burden-sharing, nuclear weapons proliferation and North Korea.

Bipartisan criticism of the TPP poses serious obstacles to U.S. government approval of the pact. Candidate Trump’s controversial proposals on alliances, nuclear proliferation and North Korea were singular, provoking widespread opposition including from senior Republicans in Congress and other candidates and therefore unlikely to be easily implemented even if he were elected.

Uncertainty over U.S. approval of the TPP and surprise over Donald Trump’s controversial proposals upset, to varying degrees, U.S. allies Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Australia, as well as Taiwan, India and other Asian partners. Commentators in Beijing welcomed circumstances that lowered China’s profile in the U.S. election rhetoric; they saw clear advantages along with some possible disadvantages in recent uncertainty over the TPP and U.S. relations with Asian allies

Robert Sutter is a Professor at George Washington University and Satu P. Limaye is Director, East-West Center in Washington.

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Dr. Satu Limaye is Director of the East-West Center in Washington. He is also a Senior Advisor at the CNA Corporation, a non-profit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, VA. He is the creator and director of the Asia Matters for America initiative, an interactive resource for credible, non-partisan information, graphics, analysis and news on US-Asia Pacific relations and the national, state and local levels; Founding Editor of the Asia-Pacific Bulletin series, an editor of the journal Global Asia and on the international advisory council of the journal Contemporary Southeast Asia. Dr. Limaye publishes and speaks on U.S.-Asia relations and is a reviewer for numerous publications, foundations and fellowship programs. Previously, he was a Research Staff Member of the Strategy and Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and Director of Research and Publications at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), a direct reporting unit of U.S. Pacific Command. He has been an Abe Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy and a Henry Luce Scholar and Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo. He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar.

Dr. Robert Sutter has been Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA), George Washington University since 2011. He also directs the ESIA program of Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, involving over 1,000 students. A Ph.D. graduate in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, Sutter taught full-time at Georgetown University (2001-2011) and part-time for thirty years at Georgetown, George Washington, Johns Hopkins Universities, or the University of Virginia. He has published 21 books, and hundreds of articles and government reports dealing with China, Asia and the United States. His most recent books are The United States and Asia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War fourth edition (Rowman & Littlefield 2016). Sutter’s government career (1968-2001) involved work on Asian and Pacific affairs and U.S. foreign policy. He was the Senior Specialist and Director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service. He also served as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Pacific at the U.S. Government’s National Intelligence Council, the China Division Director at the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and a professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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