Obama's Asia-Pacific 'Pivot'

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On his trip to Asia this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to reassure allies that the Obama administration's so-called "Pacific Pivot" is still on track. The "pivot" -- a shift in military and economic focus to the Asia-Pacific region -- is a major priority for the administration. But it has been hampered by Pentagon budget cuts and delays in negotiating the controversial "Trans-Pacific Partnership," a multinational free-trade agreement. We'll discuss the pivot, and the state of U.S.-Asian relations in advance of President Obama's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Southern California next week.


Patrick Cronin, senior adviser and senior director of the Asia Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a public policy think tank focused on national security and defense

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

Julian Aguon, human rights attorney, activist and author based in Guam, where the U.S. is planning a major military expansion

Michelle Chan, Economic Policy Program Director for Friends of the Earth, a group opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.