Podcast (Audio only)

President Barack Obama embarked this week on a tour of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines with the goal of convincing those nations and others in Asia that the U.S. remains focused on the region. The trip has prompted questions, in the U.S. as well as in Asia, about the administration’s ability to continue to act as the primary guarantor of stability in the region. The trip unfolds against the backdrop of the crisis in Ukraine, the recent Malaysia Airlines and South Korean ferry disasters, and Congressional criticism of Obama’s plan to expand trade in the region through the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

In this Ground Truth Briefing conference call three experts on the ground in Tokyo, Seoul and Manila discuss the President's trip.


  • Aileen Baviera

    Professor of Asian Studies at University of the Philippines, specializing on international politics and security in East Asia; Lecturer with the Foreign Service Institute, National Defense College of the Philippines and Director of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies; former Wilson Center Scholar
  • Nobuo Fukuda

    Senior Scholar
  • Jin Park

    Global Fellow
  • Robert Daly

    Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States