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President Obama Makes Historic Trip to Southeast Asia

U.S. President Barack Obama photoU.S. President Barack Obama visits Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia from 17-20 November 2012. This historic visit marks the President’s first overseas trip of his second term, and the first time that a sitting U.S. President travels to Myanmar and Cambodia.

President Obama will meet with leaders of all three countries as well as attend the East Asia Summit in Cambodia. The trip symbolizes the strategic global importance of Southeast Asia and US-Southeast Asia relations.

As a virtual graduate institute focused on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and a network composed of university and outreach partners in Southeast Asia and the U.S., the IDPP applauds the U.S. Administration’s efforts to enhance relations with countries in Southeast Asia.

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In the 14 November 2012 Tri-City Herald article In a Shifting Focus to Asia, Obama to Visit Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia written by Anita Kumar, Senior Vice President for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Michael Green is quoted as stating that “‘the context for the trip is the pivot to Asia.’”

The IDPP looks forward to continue strengthening and expanding its partnerships throughout Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific region as we collectively build a cadre of disability policy leaders who can bring about sustainable change in ASEAN and around the world through disability-inclusive public policies.

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