Asia still ‘distant third’ in U.S. priorities, ex-Obama official says

Asia still holds a “distant third” place in Washington’s diplomatic priorities behind Europe and the Middle East, in spite of the Obama administration’s “pivot” launched four years ago, Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, says on this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev.”

Campbell, who had a long think-tank career before joining the Obama team in 2009, also talks about how U.S. diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific affects the lives of Americans, the diplomatic approaches of the main countries in the region, the obstructionism of North Korea’s young leader, and China’s global influence.

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