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A Transatlantic Pivot to Asia

Towards New Trilateral Partnership

Edited by Hans Binnendijk

The American pivot or rebalancing to Asia is a central tenant of U.S. President Barack Obama’s national security strategy. It envisions shifting America’s focus from decade-long stability operations in the Greater Middle East to a comprehensive approach towards Asia, a region of economic growth and political instability. Many in Europe have misinterpreted this strategy as a U.S. move away from Europe. The purpose of this volume is to correct this record and to suggest that Europe too has vital interests in Asia. The transatlantic partners share common interests in Asia and need more effectively to coordinate their efforts to deal with the complex and dangerous challenges presented in Asia. There needs to be a “Transatlantic Pivot,” not just a U.S. pivot. This volume analyzes various elements of what this Transatlantic Pivot might look like, including institutional arrangements, security issues, economics, energy, the environment, transnational challenges, human rights, rule of law, and diplomacy. It suggests a new trilateral relationship between the U.S., Europe, and Asian partners designed to strengthen Asian institutions, solve global problems and resolve disputes peacefully.

Authors from the U.S., Europe and Asia contributed to this volume, including: Hans Binnendijk, Tim Boersma, Jaime de Bourbon Parme, Cathleen Cimino, Patrick Cronin, Pieter Feith, Mircea Geoana, Daniel Hamilton, Christopher Hill, Robert Hunter, Karl-Heinz Kamp, Rem Korteweg, Michael Schaefer, Jeffrey Schott, Julianne Smith, Alexander Sullivan, Simon Tay, Abiodun Williams and Reuben Wong.

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