In Retrospect: Assessing Obama’s Asia Rebalancing Strategy
Galace, Uriel N. | December 2016
United States President Barack Obama sought to re-invigorate the US’ primacy in the Asia Pacific with a speech to the Australian Parliament in November 17, 2011, announcing a new foreign policy towards the region. Dubbed the “rebalancing strategy,” this plan sought to expand American presence within the Asia-Pacific by forging closer military, trade, and people-to-people ties with various states across the region. According to the White House, this strategy has been made necessary because “Asia and the Pacific is increasingly the world’s political and economic center of gravity” and the US would be remiss not to leverage the opportunities the region has to offer. With Obama’s term winding down and president-elect Donald Trump set to take the reins as US commander-in-chief, now is the appropriate time to look back and assess the effectiveness of this strategy. This commentary evaluates the impact of Obama’s rebalance by examining the strategy across three dimensions—political/military, economic, and socio-cultural.
CitationGalace, Uriel N.. 2016. In Retrospect: Assessing Obama’s Asia Rebalancing Strategy. © Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/6938.
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