Major And Minor International Implications Of The Government Shutdown

Oct 4, 2013

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel briefs the press in Seoul, Republic of Korea October 1, 2013. Hagel answered question regarding the government shutdown.
Credit Secretary of Defense / Flickr Creative Commons

The partial government shutdown entered its fourth day Friday, and President Obama canceled a planned 17-day Asia trip that was part of his administration’s “pivot” to focus more on the rising economic powers in the region.

“This is not the first time he’s had to cancel trips to Asia,” says Rebecca Cruise, a comparative politics expert and the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. “So this does send an interesting message to those leaders. Are we really going to be focusing our attention there, or are we really trying to get involved in the region, and try to exert our interest there vis-à-vis China? That has consequences.”

If the shutdown continues, backlogged applications for visas could grow tremendously. Cruise says during the 1995-1996 government shutdown, between 20-30,000 visas per day went unprocessed.

“So that restricts what we can do in terms of traveling, and it restricts those people trying to come to this country, and of course tourism and dollars are always associated there,” Cruise says.


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