The U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific: An assessment

Nguyen, T 2016, 'The U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific: An assessment', Asian Journal of Public Affairs, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 20-39.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title The U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific: An assessment
Author(s) Nguyen, T
Year 2016
Journal name Asian Journal of Public Affairs
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 20
End page 39
Total pages 20
Publisher National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Abstract President Obama's decision to refocus U.S. resources in the Asia-Pacific reflects a change in U.S. foreign policy priorities. It has been five years since the Asia-Pacific rebalance was officially announced. It is therefore time to assess this rebalance. Employing a documentary research approach, this paper analyzes official U.S. documents and secondary sources to answer three concrete and interconnected questions: (i) How has the U.S. rebalance been implemented? (ii) What are the obstacles to the U.S. rebalance? and (iii) What should the U.S. do to truly succeed in carrying forward the rebalance? While the Obama administration has made some progress in expanding U.S. security, economic, diplomatic and cultural engagement in the Asia-Pacific, several obstacles remain. The paper concludes with some policy recommendations that would help the U.S. government to fully realize the Asia-Pacific rebalance.
Subject International Relations
Keyword(s) U.S. rebalance
Obama administration
United States
DOI - identifier 10.18003/ajpa.201604
Copyright notice © The Author 2016.
ISSN 1793-5342
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