The United States
belongs to various organizations and networks that encompass countries
sides of the Pacific Ocean. The
East Asia Summit (EAS) is not among them. Should the US try to join?
This paper answers that question with a qualified yes: Despite
affecting President Obama’s schedule of foreign travel, his
should try to “ease” the US into the Summit, initially as a guest of the
country. Eventually, pending a
review of the EAS’s prior performance and future prospects, the
may wish to upgrade that status to membership. The paper uses this case
to illustrate larger themes,
discusses the relevance of frameworks other than the EAS, and
between radical innovation and benign indifference, a policy of creative
to regionalism in East Asia.
Note: In July 2010 the Obama administration announced that it would, in effect, ease into
an affiliation with the EAS. The initiative would include Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton's attendance at the Summit in Hanoi in October 2010 and could include a trip by President Obama to the 2011 Summit in Indonesia.