Obama's second term foreign policy: Yes, Asia is the future but the Middle East isn't going away



11 March 2014


Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Sydney

New York Times editorial board member Carol Giacomo will discussed the consequences of President Obama's Asia rebalance and how it affects US relations with major countries in the region, including China, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, and members of ASEAN. Among the key issues considered:

  • Why the US cannot walk away from the Middle East and why the world should not want this.
  • What is at stake with the Iran nuclear deal?
  • What is at stake with the Israeli–Palestinian peace negotiations?
  • Is the US withdrawing from an international role?


  • Carol Giacomo
    Board Member, The New York Times Editorial Board

    Carol Giacomo was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2014. Giacomo is a member of the New York Times Editorial Board, whose area of expertise is foreign affairs. Prior to this, Giacomo was the diplomatic correspondent for Reuters in Washington, and covered foreign policy for over two decades. In this position, she travelled over 1 million miles to more than 100 countries with eight secretaries of state and various other senior US officials. In 2009, she won the Georgetown University Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting. Giacomo is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.