Contrasting Visits to India by Obama, Ivanka

India’s politicians and media revel in making an enormous fuss of visiting foreign leaders, especially when they are flooded with compliments in return. This week there has been one American leader – former Pre... Read More...

Obama’s Pivot in the Trump Era

In 2011, President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech in Canberra  that announced the US would  “pivot” its focus to Asia in a bid to establish an enduring framework for engagement. In doing so the President s... Read More...

Former President Obama Calls for Tolerance in Indonesia

In a speech delivered Saturday in Jakarta, the former US President Barack Obama reminded Indonesians – and indeed the entire world – of a time, not long ago, when Americans had a president. The speech Obama delivered to a conference of the Indonesian diaspo... Read More...

Vietnam After Obama

When Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Vietnam last November, he was welcomed with a 21-gun salute by his hosts and protests by activists. The Vietnamese did not line the streets to get a glimpse of the China le... Read More...

Waiting for Obama

I've been a freelance writer and journalist living in Ho Chi Minh City for six years, totally without license or permission. Prior to the visit this week of President Barack Obama, the folks at the US Co... Read More...

Obama to go to Hiroshima

For years, even as wartime animosities were transformed into friendship, no US President has ever visited Hiroshima, site of the first atomic bombing (Jimmy Carter visited after he left the presidency).  They were deterred by what might be called the “Truma... Read More...

Obama to Najib: Release Anwar

It is ironic that despite being told by the President of the United States to free opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister Najib wants to hide behind Malaysia’s legal system, because he certainly has ... Read More...

Obama Dilemma: How to Treat Malaysia’s Pariah PM

When US President Barack Obama begins a Nov. 14-22 Asian swing, the White House will face a dilemma – minimizing his face time with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has become an albatross around the US neck due to international publicity over massive... Read More...
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Obama’s Got a Najib Problem

When Barack Obama’s administration began planning the US president’s November trip to Asia to attend various summits and deal with a number of important issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade ... Read More...