President Obama's Quiet Agenda in Asia

What the president doesn't say on his trip may be as revealing as what he does say

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Hyderabad House prior to delegation level talks and a joint press conference in New Delhi on November 8, 2010. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

President Obama arrived in Indonesia this morning, for the second stop on his 10-day trip in Asia. As he meets with world leaders in India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, the President will talk about global security, international trade and economics, improving cultural ties, diplomatic efforts and preventing terrorism. But some issues will be conspicuously missing from his public agenda.

Joining us to help us lay out President Obama’s hidden agenda on this trip is Ian Buruma, scholar and author of many books on Asia, including “Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents."


Ian Buruma

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin and Jen Poyant

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