America's Asia-Pacific Strategy Is Out of Kilter

Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs

Author/s (editor/s):

William T. Tow

Publication year:

2007

Publication type:

Journal article

Published in Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, 106(701) 2007: 281-87.

In a pre-election year, the US is approaching a historic juncture in its strategic relations with the expansive Asia-Pacific ‘region’ encompassing a vast area that stretches from the eastern Indian Ocean to Southeast Asia to Oceania and the South Pacific. If Washington is effective in linking its Asia-Pacific and global security postures, it can maintain its status as a pre-eminent power in the region. If it fails, it may find itself involved in a dangerous and unstable multipolar rivalry with China, Russia, and other major powers that would consume America’s energy and sap its resources for decades to come.

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