The election of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. President surprised observers on both sides of the Pacific, and has raised more questions than answers in terms of what it means for U.S. policy in Asia. President Trump’s “America First”-focused policy has called for tougher trade, investment, and currency policies, particularly vis-à-vis China, which could have significant reverberations across Asia.
What would a U.S.-China trade war mean for Asian economies? And given President Trump’s calls for protectionist policies to “Make America Great Again,” how will the U.S. engage with Asia’s current powerhouse of growth—ASEAN? Or the booming workforce and populist growth policies of India?
Meanwhile, in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, what does this mean for Asia’s trade agreements and America’s role as a Pacific economic power? Will the U.S. be successful in pursing bilateral trade agreements with Japan and others?
Join us for a special panel discussion on this and more – part of our ongoing series President Trump & Asia.
As Western countries are experiencing the explosive growth of far-right political parties—some of which view Islam and its adherents as existential threats to western civilization—the newly released memoir Letters to a Young Muslim confronts some of the difficult questions facing Muslims today. In the form of personal letters to his sons, H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash aims to inspire the next generation of Muslims to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging the modern world. Ambassador Ghobash examines both the everyday struggles of Muslims, as they face hostility from those who would lazily equate terrorism with their faith—but also the need for Muslims to take an active role against extremist narratives that have attracted many of the faith’s youth.
Join us for a program that will use Ambassador Ghobash’s book as a starting point for a conversation about what it means to be a Muslim in the twenty-first century, and how governments—especially those under pressure from a fearful population—can best engage their Muslim populations.
Asia Society hosts a keynote address by scholar Regina Krahl on the eve of a daylong symposium co-organized with Columbia University. This landmark symposium represents the first academic gathering in the United States to present a comprehensive review of the cargo of the Belitung shipwreck and the maritime trade routes of the ninth century with a view to broadening the understanding of the profound cultural significance of the find.
Followed by a reception and a viewing of the Asia Society exhibition Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia.