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CNAS Expert Commentary and Resources on President Obama’s Trip to Asia

Washington, D.C., November 4, 2010 – President Obama’s trip to Asia – India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan – has the potential to reinvigorate U.S.-India relations, cement the U.S.-Indonesia comprehensive partnership and revitalize the U.S.-Japan alliance, according to experts at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  The CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program provides top analysis on this critical region; see below for expert commentary and resources.

U.S.-Indonesia Relations:

“Given President Obama’s personal history in Indonesia and President Yudhoyono’s interest in building relations with the United States, the visit to Indonesia is a historic opportunity to inaugurate a new era in America’s relationship with this important rising power. As a democratic country with a robust economy and the world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia will be vital to promoting American interests in stability, prosperity, and improving America’s relations with the Muslim world. By signing a Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, President Obama can initiate a broad swath of efforts to upgrade cooperation on economics, security, promoting democracy, and addressing climate change.” –CNAS Fellow Abraham Denmark