A new U.S. approach to Asia Pacific: three scenarios

U.S.-Philippines joint military exercises. Filipino marines beach landing
Ternate, Philippines, May 11, 2014: Filipino marine soldiers maneuver during a mock “beach assault” scenario as part of joint military exercises with the U.S. (source: dpa)
  • Pressures on military budgets and a changing political landscape mean that U.S. priorities in the Asia-Pacific region are likely to change
  • Abrogating responsibility in any field – economic, diplomatic or military – will have significant consequences
  • Focusing on diplomacy is the easiest option

The United States plays a key role in supporting peace and prosperity in the Western Pacific. The most important geopolitical questions there continue to revolve around American staying power and strength. How the U.S. answers these questions, particularly after the tumultuous election season at home, will have an enormous impact on the region.

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