Is the Pivot Doomed? The Resilience of America's Strategic 'Rebalance'

Author
Scott W. Harold
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
37
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Winter 2015
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
U.S. foreign policy is beset by numerous simultaneous crises. In Syria, the Assad regime continues to commit massive human rights abuses, while Islamic State jihadis are seizing territory in Syria and neighboring Iraq. Russia has annexed Crimea and is threatening its neighbors from Ukraine to the Baltics. In Nigeria, Boko Haram is killing students while they sleep and abducting hundreds of young girls to sell into slavery, while the Ebola virus is killing thousands in neighboring West African states. And as if this wasn't enough, in Asia, China is on the march in the South China Sea, North Korea may test another nuclear device, and U.S. allies Japan and South Korea continue to feud over history issues. In light of these challenges, U.S. foreign policy analysts may understandably question the fate of President Obama's signature foreign policy initiative, the `pivot' or `rebalance' to the Asia–Pacific.
Topic
Foreign Policy
Political Geography
Japan, China, America, Asia, South Korea, Syria, Nigeria