Taiwan: Between the pivot and a hard place

Written by J. Michael Cole. More than three years have elapsed since then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posited the idea of a U.S. “pivot,” or “rebalancing,” to Asia in her article for Foreign Policy magazine. To this day, nobody seems to have a clear idea how to define the nature and shape of the endeavor in …

Making Sense of China’s Reaction to U.S. Rebalance Strategy: What is China’s ambition?

Written by Dingding Chen. The critical assumption behind the U.S. pivot/rebalance strategy in Asia is that the U.S. needs to maintain its hegemonic position in Asia and China is increasingly challenging the U.S. hegemony. Worried that the U.S. might be marginalized in Asia by China’s seemingly unstoppable rise, the U.S. has made great efforts since 2011 …

The other ‘pivot’: Is Russia also rebalancing towards the Pacific?

Written by Alex Calvo. While the US ‘Pivot to the Pacific’ features regularly in media and academic discourses, we hear much less about Russia’s own turn towards the great ocean. Yet, isn’t Moscow also interested in paying more attention in that direction? A number of reasons may prompt us to answer the question in the …

U.S. Rebalancing Towards the Asia-Pacific: The Defence-Security Dimension

Written by Carlyle A. Thayer. The United States’ policy of rebalancing towards the Asia-Pacific is a multidimensional strategy. This article focuses on the defence-security dimension. It provides the background and rationale for this strategy before turning to major highlights. The article concludes with an assessment of U.S. rebalancing and the strategic uncertainties it has generated. …

US in the Asia-Pacific: Rebalance Revisited

Ever since then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s announcement of a “Pivot to Asia” in an October 2011 op-ed in Foreign Policy magazine, expectations and questions have risen around what shape the Pivot will take. The announcement was made amid rising tensions along China’s maritime borders, the East and South China Seas, both significant trade waterways. …