Foreign Policy, United States Foreign Policy, China, Military, Strategic Policy


Asian Studies | Defense and Security Studies | International Relations | Public Policy


This paper is an assessment of contemporary United States strategy in the Asia-Pacific. It gives a background of United States grand strategy throughout history culminating with the 2012 Pivot to Asia designed and implemented by the Obama Administration, the Department of State, and the National Security Council. The Pivot to Asia will be viewed by assessing the hard and soft powers the United States has at its disposal as a means to further its national interests in the Asia-Pacific. Current cases focusing on Southeast Asia and East Asia will be used to assess the efficacy of the new strategy and determine if it is the best method to deter aggression, maintain commerce, and ensure a balance of power.

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