In State of the Union, Obama Should Not Forget Asia

U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

U.S. President Barack Obama will most likely devote less attention to foreign policy issues in tonight’s State of the Union speech than to his domestic priorities, including continuing the U.S. economic recovery while reducing income and wealth inequalities and addressing the special concerns of African-Americans and other U.S. minorities. What time the president does allocate to foreign policy issues will as usual probably focus on the Middle East, although Russia, climate change and the resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba will also likely be highlighted. Although these are undeniably important issues, hopefully Obama appreciates that his ability to leave behind […]

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