The United States in Asia: President Trump’s Choices and Challenges

The Asia-Pacific presents tremendous opportunities for the United States to work with partners in Asia to strengthen the U.S. economy, uphold regional security, and solve regional and global challenges. But growing challenges—from tensions with North Korea to the rise of China, and from the future of regional economic growth to Southeast Asia’s backsliding democracy—threaten those opportunities. In particular, the current spectre of conflict with North Korea is endangering regional peace in ways unseen in years.

As President Donald Trump prepares for his first trip to Asia as President, these challenges, among many others, will loom large. Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund Thursday, November 2 for a speech by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) from 9:00-9:30 a.m. on U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific. The speech will be followed by a panel discussion of U.S. policy in the region and what to expect from President Trump’s trip.

Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Featured remarks:
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Laura Rosenberger, Senior Fellow and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, The German Marshall Fund

Brian Harding, Director of East and Southeast Asia Policy, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Kelly Magsamen, Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Moderated by:
Michael Fuchs, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Additional information

Accessibility: Closed-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event. If you require ADA-related accommodations for your in-person attendance at this event, please email as soon as possible so that we may assist you.