The Pivot by Kurt Campbell
The Future of American Statecraft in Asia

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Campbell’s persuasive book suffers two flaws. First, he largely ducks the question of how tough America should be on China if it continues to thumb its nose at international rules...Second, he does not look in any great depth at how his various diplomatic manoeuvrings might appear from Beijing...
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From former assistant secretary of state Kurt M. Campbell comes the definitive analysis and explanation of the new major shift in American foreign policy, its interests and assets, to Asia.

There is a quiet drama playing out in American foreign policy far from the dark contours of upheaval in the Middle East and South Asia and the hovering drone attacks of the war on terror. The United States is in the midst of a substantial and long-term national project, which is proceeding in fits and starts, to reorient its foreign policy to the East. The central tenet of this policy shift, aka the Pivot, is that the United States will need to do more with and in the Asia-Pacific hemisphere to help revitalize its own economy, to realize the full potential of the region's dramatic innovation, and to keep the peace in the world's most dynamic region where the lion's share of the history of the twenty-first century will be written.

This book is about a necessary course correction for American diplomacy, commercial engagement, and military innovation during a time of unrelenting and largely unrewarding conflict. While the United States has intensified its focus on the Asia-Pacific arena relative to previous administrations, much more remains to be done.

THE PIVOT is about that future. It explores how the United States should construct a strategy that will position it to maneuver across the East and offers a clarion call for cunning, dexterity, and ingenuity in the period ahead for American statecraft in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

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Michael O'Hanlon, Ph.D., is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and teaches at Princeton and Columbia universities. Dr. O'Hanlon's work has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and other influential publications, and he has appeared on networks from ABC and NBC to CNN, MSNBC, Fox, A&E, and others. Mike M. Mochizuki, Ph.D. holds the Elliot's School's endowed chair in Japan-U.S. Relations at George Washington University, and is one of the nation's top authorities on northeast Asia. Dr. Mochizuki was formerly a senior fellow at Brookings as well as codirector of the Center for Asia Policy at Rand.
 
Published June 7, 2016 by Twelve. 367 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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on Jun 24 2016

Campbell’s persuasive book suffers two flaws. First, he largely ducks the question of how tough America should be on China if it continues to thumb its nose at international rules...Second, he does not look in any great depth at how his various diplomatic manoeuvrings might appear from Beijing...

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