The Centre for Public Policy Studies and the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia will be co-organising a forum on the topic “US Pivot to Asia Policy and Its Implications for the Region” on Thursday, 24th April 2014, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Graduate Centre, Sunway University. This forum aims to facilitate discussions amongst speakers and participants alike, to review the implications of the Pivot policy for the region and beyond, in light of recent developments in North East Asia. Both regions share close links and will be instrumental to each other's development and foreign policies.
The President of the United States, Mr Barack Obama, will be the first sitting US President to visit Malaysia since 1966 and it will be highly significant for two reasons. Firstly, the Obama administration announced a "Pivot to East Asia" policy in 2012. Reactions to this strategy from Asia were mixed, with different Asian nations responding differently to the rebalancing of US power. Secondly, the negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is at a critical stage and will be an important item on the agenda. Hence this forum will enable in-depth discussion of these issues and provides participants with greater understanding on the resulting implications.