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ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute
William T. Tow, ‘America’s Emerging Choices in Asia’, ISEAS Perspective, 2016(45), 16 August 2016.
A critical foreign policy debate is emerging in the 2016 American presidential election over the relative success of US foreign policy in Asia and how Washington should best manage its regional and global interests when a new president assumes office in January 2017. Four key issues or choices and how the US responds to them must constitute the basis for Asian order-building during the next presidential term of office: (1) the rebalancing strategy’s relative success or failure; (2) Washington’s reassessment of traditional asymmetrical security relationships in the Asia-Pacific; (3) the intensification of regional flashpoints; and (4) US policymakers’ navigation of American global and regional security interests and developments.