30 Mar '12, 1pm

New CRS report on the “pivot to the Pacific” via @saftergood

The growing emphasis on Asia as a focus of U.S. national security planning, known as the “pivot to the Pacific,” is discussed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. “Underlying the ‘pivot’ is a conviction that the center of gravity for U.S. foreign policy, national security, and economic interests is being realigned and shifting towards Asia, and that U.S. strategy and priorities need to be adjusted accordingly,” the CRS report says. “For many observers, it is imperative that the United States give more emphasis to the Asia-Pacific. Indeed, for years, many countries in the region have encouraged the United States to step up its activity to provide a balance to China’s rising influence.” “There are a number of risks to the ‘pivot,’ however. In an era of constrained U.S. defense resources, an increased U.S. military emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region might...

Full article: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/03/pivot_crs.html

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