More rebalancing to come: Progress and prospects of the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific

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Abstract

For the past two years, the Asia-Pacific seems to have returned to the back seat in U.S. foreign policy priorities because of crises in Europe and the Middle East, and Washington’s own fiscal problems. Given both global and domestic developments, it is a legitimate question to ask whether the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is still valid. This paper asserts, “Yes, it is.” Washington has made steady progress across military, diplomatic, and economic realms of the rebalancing. It has strengthened and expanded military ties with regional states and prepared for its naval forces to operate more intensively. It has become a member of major multilateral institutions and expanded support for appropriate organizations. And it is striving to complete the most important trade deal in a generation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Despite budget pressures, the Obama administration has kept the Asia-Pacific high on its foreign policy agenda, and the rebalance has enjoyed bipartisan support. While the high-profile rebalancing moves have been relatively modest so far, the Obama administration’s achievements should not be understated. More balancing effort is certain to come.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-346
Number of pages16
JournalKorean Journal of Defense Analysis
Volume27
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Obama administration
  • Pivot
  • Rebalance
  • U.S. foreign policy

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