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GLOBAL AGENDA is a full-scale debate program.
World opinion leaders discuss and propose solutions to the issues that Japan and the world face today.

Asia in the Age of Trump

Dates of Broadcast

Jan. 14, Sat.
Jan. 14, Sat.
New York:
Jan. 13, Fri.

On November 8, 2016, the world was greeted with the News that billionaire Donald Trump would be the new president of the United States. With the clarion call "make America great again," Trump has focused on domestic economic revival, turning his back on free trade, and pledging to pull out of the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP). The president-elect has also criticized Japan and other countries that rely on the US for defense as not paying their fair share of the costs involved. Following Trump's meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on November 17, some within Japan's government expressed relief that the pair appeared to have found common ground at such an early stage. However, Trump has made numerous statements that stand in marked contrast with predecessors in the Oval Office, including praise for the leadership skills of Russian President Vladimir Putin. What will be the influence of the incoming Trump administration on global diplomacy, security, and economics? We discuss these questions, with a particular focus on the impact on an Asian region whose economic and military importance is steadily growing.


Christopher Hill Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2005-2009)

Wendy Cutler Vice President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Former Acting Deputy US Trade Representative

Brian Harding Director for East and Southeast Asia, Center for American Progress
Country Director for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, US Department of Defense (2009-2013)

Toshihiro Nakayama Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University


David Sanger National Security Correspondent, The New York Times
Former Tokyo Bureau Chief, The New York Times