Waiting on SBY

Last week, I wrote about the Obama administration’s decision to host a summit with ASEAN leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The whole thing has been put together quite quickly, and it’s still not clear which national leaders will attend. One close observer believes that the attendance of Indonesia’s president, Susilio Bambang ...

By , a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.

Last week, I wrote about the Obama administration's decision to host a summit with ASEAN leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The whole thing has been put together quite quickly, and it's still not clear which national leaders will attend. One close observer believes that the attendance of Indonesia's president, Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), will be critical to the meeting's success:

Last week, I wrote about the Obama administration’s decision to host a summit with ASEAN leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The whole thing has been put together quite quickly, and it’s still not clear which national leaders will attend. One close observer believes that the attendance of Indonesia’s president, Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), will be critical to the meeting’s success:

The real issue is SBY’s decision. He has the power to send a strong signal to his fellow ASEAN leaders, the United States and all of Asia. Should he decide to pass up President Barack Obama’s invitation to join the Summit in New York, there will be serious questions about where U.S.-ASEAN relations are heading.

David Bosco is a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. He is the author of The Poseidon Project: The Struggle to Govern the World’s Oceans. Twitter: @multilateralist

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