Avoiding The Trap: U.S. Strategy And Policy For Competing In The Asia-Pacific Rebalance

Avoiding The Trap: U.S. Strategy And Policy For Competing In The Asia-Pacific Rebalance
Avoiding the Trap: U.S. Strategy and Policy for Competing in the Asia-Pacific Rebalance
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The pivot to Asia is over, suggested Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, on the eve of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first visit to Asia on March 14, 2017.1 This statement, though expected, begs many questions: Is this just a repeal of the bumper sticker “Strategic Rebalance,” typical of administration change? If so, what is its replacement? Moreover, if this change is just in name but not in substance, will President Donald Trump stay the course? If not, what will be Trump’s policy toward the Asia-Pacific? What should be the new focus and priorities? In short, given the enduring U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific, what should be a sound and forward-looking U.S. strategy toward this region?

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Foreword ix

Acknowledgements  xi

Summary  xiii

Part I: Introduction 1 1.

Forward From the Rebalance:

Competing in the Asia-Pacific 3

Gellert Part II: Regional Overview 27 2.

China’s Rise: What Does It Mean for the United States? 29

Developing a U.S.-led Multilateral Security Architecture for the Asia-Pacific 43

The Largest Tiger: India in the U.S. Policy toward Indo-Asia-Pacific 83

Japan’s Strategic Renaissance: Implications for U.S. Policy in the Asia-Pacific 107

Curtail, Cooperate, or Compel in the South China Sea? 153

Philippine Ambivalence Toward the United States: Lessons Learned 189

The United States and China in the Cyber Domain: Stop the Downward Spiral 215

Economic Instrument of Power 255 9.

U.S. Economic Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific Region: Is it Still Possible? 257

Military Instrument of Power 285

A New U.S. Indo-Asia-Pacific Security Strategy 287

 A Diplomatic Solution to the North Korea Problem 331

Korean Peninsula: Upgrading the Denuclearization Status Quo 361

Soft Power Considerations 377

People-Focused Activities: A Measure to Preserve American Strength 379

Diplomacy Under The Strategic Rebalance and a Look Forward 411

About the Contributors 445




Military and Federal leadership, educators in political and military science, think tank leadership in Asian Studies,  

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Defense Dept., Army, U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute
  • Lai, David
Edited by Dr. David Lai, Professor John F. Troxell, Mr. Frederick J. Gelle
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