Has Obama’s Pivot to Asia Been a Success or Failure?

U.S. President Barack Obama and leaders from India, Brunei, Vietnam and Laos at the 11th East Asia Summit, Vientiane, Laos, Sept. 8, 2016 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
U.S. President Barack Obama and leaders from India, Brunei, Vietnam and Laos at the 11th East Asia Summit, Vientiane, Laos, Sept. 8, 2016 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).

September revealed the limits of U.S. President Barack Obama’s engagement in Asia. There was some good news, of course. On his last trip to the region, he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos, where he acknowledged “the suffering and sacrifices on all sides” of America’s secret war in the 1960s and 1970s and pledged to mend ties between the two countries. Later in the month, he met with Myanmar’s de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, at the White House. There he announced that all remaining sanctions on Myanmar would be lifted, a reward for the country’s democratic […]

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