Will Crisis Divide Asia From America
A Luncheon Presentation by SIMON TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
In the wake of the financial crisis, trends have emerged that point to an Asia increasingly forging its own path—without America. Yet it is arguably in both sides' interests to move towards a new relationship in the post-crisis world. The rise of Asia and the development of closer regional bonds should take place in tandem with continued US engagement. What are the long term trends that point to divisions between Asia and America? How did the financial crisis accelerate them? What recent events are emblematic of a widening chasm? Why must such a gap be avoided, and what policy directions and changes are necessary to avoid one?
Simon Tay is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, a non-governmental think tank, and an adviser on political and economic issues. He teaches international law and public policy at the National University of Singapore. Mr. Tay was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in New York, directing a Task Force report on US-Asia relations under the Obama administration. He has advised multinational corporations on regional business investments and on sustainability and environmental issues. The World Economic Forum in 2000 named him a 'global leader of tomorrow." An award-winning author, his latest book is Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America. He graduated from the National University of Singapore and Harvard University. Book sale after program.