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Report to Reveal Strategic Asia Policy Recommendations for New U.S. President

November 9, 2016

By Amy Ovalle

Yesterday, millions of Americans went to the polls to elect the 45th president of the United States, with Donald Trump emerging as the winner in one of the most closely watched U.S. elections in history. For Asia, the campaign was a tumultuous, uncertain period that brought into question where the “rebalance” toward Asia that President Obama initiated would stand under new leadership.

avarav2_findOn November 15—less than one week after Election Day—The Asia Foundation will release Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance—a set of strategic recommendations for the new administration on foreign policy toward Asia. The Asia Foundation’s quadrennial project convenes a series of closed-door, high-level working groups of Asian and American thought leaders across the Asia Pacific that culminated in specific foreign policy recommendations for the incoming U.S. administration.

In the forthcoming report, authors warn that the United States must not shrink from its leadership role in the international order and must skillfully navigate a complex set of issues in Asia, including pressing inter-Asia tensions.

In advance of the launch, Asia Foundation experts blogged from our country offices in Asia on some of these most pressing issues that will greet the new president: From Beijing, Ji Hongbo examines how China’s NGOs are responding to world’s natural disasters; in Manila, Steven Rood writes on the Philippines, China, the U.S., and ASEAN in 2017; from New Delhi, Sagar Prasai takes a sobering look at the fate of South Asian Regionalism and SAARC; and in today’s blog, Jongbeom Choi writes from our Korea office on the debate over constitutional reform and the presidency.

Tune in on November 15 for the full report, including the top 10 recommendations for the incoming president, and watch live here a launch event in Washington, D.C., moderated by Ellen Laipson, president emeritus of The Stimson Center, with C. Raja Mohan, founding director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s India Centre in New Delhi; Thitinan Pongsudhirak, professor of International Relations and executive director of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok; and Yoon Young-kwan, professor of International Relations at Seoul National University and former foreign minister of the Republic of Korea.

Amy Ovalle is The Asia Foundation’s chief communications officer. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and not those of The Asia Foundation or its funders.

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