Handbook on the United States in Asia
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Handbook on the United States in Asia

Managing Hegemonic Decline, Retaining Influence in the Trump Era

Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan

The centre of gravity in today’s global economy arguably now resides in Asia. As a result of this, the maintenance of geopolitical and economic security in Asia has become pivotal to global stability. This indispensable Handbook examines the crucial and multifaceted role of the United States as a force in the region that has been, and continues to be, necessary for the continuation of Asian prosperity.
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Chapter 24: Pivoting from Obama to Trump in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

Douglas Stuart


President Trump has inherited a complex and challenging cluster of issues in the Indo-Asia-Pacific (IAP) region, a situation that is made more difficult by China’s growing influence and assertiveness. Between 2011 and 2015 the Obama administration made considerable progress with its Pivot campaign in the IAP region, but by the end of Obama’s second term the Pivot had lost much of its momentum and focus. This chapter argues that, in spite of the setbacks, the foundational premises of the Pivot are still valid and President Trump would be well advised to restart the Pivot campaign in the IAP region. The author relies upon a recent report by The Asia Foundation to identify some of the policies that President Trump should pursue in the IAP region, whether or not he is prepared to officially restart the Pivot.

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