APEC FORUM AND EAST ASIA SUMMIT
Next month marks the East Asia Summit in Myanmar and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Beijing. Topics on the agenda include territorial disputes in the South China Sea, slowing global growth, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, and the fight against Ebola. John Brandon, who moderates an October 24 panel in Washington, D.C., on Asia's rising regionalism, writes in In Asia this week that U.S. President Obama "will be meeting a concerned audience in Asia that wants concrete evidence of Washington's continued commitment to the region." When the U.S. administration's "pivot" was first announced in 2010, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) "the fulcrum" of regional architecture in Asia. It's Obama's second trip to Myanmar, which chairs ASEAN this year. Read more.