Asia and Obama's State of the Union Address
"As Obama prepares for his state of the union address, Asians are trying to evaluate the strength of support that Obama has after the Mass senate result and falling poll numbers. They will also look for signs of what focus he will bring if, as many advise, his ambitious agenda needs to be trimmed back. In particular they will be concerned about populist measures that might shore up support at home and claim to save jobs but negatively impact free trade and links with Asian economies. A weak president cannot deal effectively with Asians. But a president who tries to gain strength at the expense of Asia and trade will not be welcome either," says Simon TAY.
Assoc. Prof. Simon TAY is the Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is a faculty member of Law at the National University of Singapore, as well as the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
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“As America awaits Obama's State of the Union Address, the Senate considers whether to reappoint Ben Bernanke for a 2nd Term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. The mood on the street is sombre and reassurances from the government are not enough to placate an angry electorate." says Dawn DEKLE, SIIA Associate Council Member and Dean, Center for Leadership, SP Jain Center of Management.
"Criticism is coming from all directions, blaming Bernanke for economic policies that created the recession and calling for his reappointment to fail. If he is not reappointed, it would be the first time in history that a nominee failed to gain Senate approval, and another domino to fall in the protest against Obama.”
Dr. Dawn DEKLE is an Associate Council Member of the SIIA, and the Dean, Center for Leadership, S.P. Jain Center of Management JD. She