Rules of engagement: America's Asia-Pacific security policy under an Obama administration

William T. Tow, Beverley Loke

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    The United States' strategy in the Asia-Pacific stands at a historic juncture. How the new Obama administration conceives and implements its Asia-Pacific policy during its first term of office will have major and enduring ramifications for America's future. The new administration must have a clear vision of its country's national security interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as a better appreciation of the evolving dynamics of the region. To this end, it should continue to underwrite its bilateral security commitments, albeit through a less threat-centric lens, and be more cognisant of the region's multilateral overtures by further anchoring US participation in regional multilateral institutions. This shift from a position of bilateral primacy to one of engaged bilateral and multilateral partnership-a 'convergent security' approach-is the best strategy for Washington to advance its strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)443-457
    Number of pages15
    JournalAustralian Journal of International Affairs
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


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