Everyone Pivots to the Asia-Pacific

Author
Ralph A. Cossa, Brad Glosserman
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
16
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
September - December 2014
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
A trifecta of international gatherings – the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Beijing, the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Nay Pyi Taw, and the G-20 gathering in Brisbane – had heads of state from around the globe, including US President Barack Obama, flocking to the Asia-Pacific as 2014 was winding to a close. North Korea was not included in these confabs but its leaders (although not the paramount one) were taking their charm offensive almost everywhere else in an (unsuccessful) attempt to block a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Pyongyang's human rights record. More successful was Pyongyang's (alleged) attempt to undermine and embarrass Sony Studios to block the release of a Hollywood film featuring the assassination of Kim Jong Un.
Topic
Economics
Political Geography
Asia, North Korea