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Regional Security, Trade Top President Obama's Agenda in East Asia

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech about US-Laos relations at the Lao National Cultural Hall in Vientiane on September 6, 2016. (Photo: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Laos, where on Tuesday he pledged additional money to remove unexploded bombs dropped during the Vietnam War. Obama will continue to meet with leaders in the region this week, with conversations focused on security, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, human rights, and the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We discuss Obama's final visit to Asia, U.S. influence in the region and the diplomatic fallout of the president's canceled meeting with Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte.


Donald Emmerson, director, Southeast Asia Forum, part of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

Brad Adams , Asia director, Human Rights Watch

Jay Gonzalez, professor of government & international politics, Golden Gate University

Angela Greiling Keane, White House correspondent, Bloomberg News