Tuesday, October 29, 2013
CSIS: Inward-Looking Washington Damages U.S. Ambitions In Asia
TOKYO (Nikkei)--U.S. aims in Asia over the coming decades are threatened by bipartisan bickering in Washington, a panel in Tokyo said Tuesday.
- James Steinberg
One panelist at the symposium -- sponsored by Nikkei Inc. and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based foreign-policy think tank -- said the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement was at risk.
- Michael Green
"Part of the problem we face," said James Steinberg, a former deputy secretary of state, "is the difference between our own understanding of the messiness of American politics and how it is seen from outside. Many U.S. friends depend on our reliability."
Panelists pointed out that the recent shutdown of the U.S. government led many to worry that Washington politics is becoming unpredictable.
"TPP," said Michael Green, a former special assistant to the president, "which is a promising part of Obama's agenda, requires Senate support. It requires trust and working across the aisle, and we haven't seen that for a while."
The panel agreed that civil society could help the U.S. maintain its role in Asia amid political change.