U.S. Election Should Energize Asia Policies
The results of the midterm elections could reinvigorate U.S. policies toward Asia, which have suffered from a lack of resources and resolve. The new Congress will likely be more supportive of concluding free trade agreements, funding U.S. defense requirements, and imposing additional sanctions to leverage North Korean compliance with international agreements. That said, U.S. Presidents remain constitutionally predominant in foreign policy. China is challenging the status quo in the Pacific and seeking to expand its influence at Washington’s expense. The U.S. needs to step up its game in Asia by devoting sufficient military resources, resolve, and trade prioritization to back up its rhetoric on the Asia pivot. Otherwise, Washington may find itself sitting on the sidelines in years to come.