Developments in and Obstacles to the US Pivot to Asia: What Alternatives for Europe?

Author
Alessandro Riccardo Ungaro
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Istituto Affari Internazionali
Abstract
The new US strategic guidance released in January 2012 represents a hallmark of US President Barack Obama's foreign policy and forms integral part of the so-called “Pivot to Asia”. However, rather than a radical departure from the past, the strategic guidance represents an evolution and extension of US foreign policy towards the region, envisaging the reallocation of American military assets from Europe to the Asia-Pacific. The implementation of the guidance strategy is a long-term and complex process: several challenges, tensions and frictions between the US and regional actors may hamper the implementation of the policy and will require a delicate balancing act in which China will play a key role. On the European side, the US shift should be seen as an opportunity to review the European Security Strategy and elaborate its own strategy towards Asia.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Defense Policy, International Security
Political Geography
United States, China, America, Europe, Israel, Asia