Middle East, Ukraine Trail President Obama In Asia

President Obama and South Korean president Park Geun-Hye attend a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Bule House on April 25 in Seoul. However, crises in Ukraine and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict are threatening to distract from Obama's Asia trip. (Song Kyung-Seok/Getty Images)

President Obama is in South Korea today, on the second leg of his four-nation Asian tour, but the escalating crisis in Ukraine and the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian talks are shadowing his visit.

Former U.S. ambassador, Under Secretary of State, and NATO representative Nicholas Burns joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the factors impacting Obama’s Asia trip.


  • R. Nicholas Burns, professor of international relations at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was the U.S. ambassador to NATO and and served on the National Security Council under Presidents Bush and Clinton. He tweets @RNicholasBurns.
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