Objectives and Future Direction For Rebalance Security Policies

Since the end of World War II, the United States has pursued a strategy of primacy across Eurasia. Regarding Asia specifically, successive U.S. presidents have found that this strategy has best served our interests, which in Asia include defending the U.S. homeland far forward, preserving a favorable balance of power in Eurasia, ensuring free military and commercial access to Asia’s maritime commons, preserving and continuing to refine the liberal international order, and building a network of friends and allies who support our interests.

U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific have been tied to a post-World War II grand strategy of maintaining a preponderance of power across Eurasia (in Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific). U.S. objectives in Asia cannot be viewed in isolation from that strategic conception. U.S. security policies must operate within a diplomatic-political framework. We must continually ask, as you are right now, “What are we trying to achieve with our military and alliances?” Washington must become more diplomatically active in resolving territorial disputes plaguing the region, particularly in Southeast Asia. Over the long term, U.S. needs as permanent a basing presence as possible southwest of Okinawa.

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