The United Statesâ€™ â€˜rebalancing strategyâ€™ was introduced in large part to underscore Washingtonâ€™s determination to reinvigorate its diplomatic, economic and geopolitical presence and influence in Southeast Asia and in the Asia-Pacific regionat-large. As the Obama administrationâ€™s time in office draws to a close, policy ambiguities regarding re-balancingâ€™s purpose and implementation remain and impede US efforts to relate this posture to ASEAN member-statesâ€™ own security concerns. ï‚· Questions about Washingtonâ€™s propensity to fine-tune the rebalancing must be asked given the lack of attention directed to this issue by the 2016 presidential candidates to date. ï‚· A clear debate has emerged between the rebalancingâ€™s proponents and critics over its relevance to Southeast Asian order-building, especially given Chinaâ€™s increasingly robust behaviour concerning territorial issues and its power projection capabilities. ï‚· US maritime allies Japan and Australia have adopted tailored policy initiatives to enhance their own and ASEAN member-statesâ€™ defence capacity-building programmes in accordance with the rebalancing strategyâ€™s overall vision of regional collective defence.
|Publication status||Published - 2016|