The American Pivot to Asia

At the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit held last month in Honolulu, the message President Obama delivered was loud and clear: America is going to play a leadership role in Asia for decades to come. However how realistic is the President’s new strategy toward Asia, and how is it likely to affect U.S.-China relations and the roles of both countries in the region? Kenneth Lieberthal examines if America has the resources to make good on the rhetoric concerning this historic “pivot.”