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Asian Views of America’s Role in Asia 2008

August 20, 2008

By C. Raja Mohan, Han Sung-Joo, and Tommy Koh

The election of a new American president is an event of great importance not only to the United States, but to the entire world. Asians from all walks of life have been following the 2008 presidential primaries with great interest and admiration. The world has seen a democratic process where neither wealth nor pedigree ” race nor gender ” are obstacles to securing America’s highest office. Asians are looking at the November 2008 election with great anticipation and are curious about the next American president’s foreign policy toward a multi-polar world where countries like China, India, and Russia are increasing their power and influence. America’s 44th president will face many challenges once in office. Read more.

Han Sung-Joo, Tommy Koh, and C. Raja Mohan are the co-chairs and authors of the Asian Views of U.S. foreign policy in Northeast, Southeast and South Asia, featured in the forthcoming volume, “America’s Role in Asia: Asian and American Views”. An advance, electronic version of the report will be available on Friday, August 22nd at The published volume will formally debut in Washington, DC on September 10th. For more information, please contact Amy Ovalle at [email protected]

Ambassador Han Sung-Joo is currently the Chairman of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies; Tommy Koh is the Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, and Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies and the National Heritage Board; and C. Raja Mohan is currently a professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.



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