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U.S. pivot to Asia forces Europe to think independently.

A Global Role for Europe

July 2015, Number 06.03

“In April 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Malaysia. His tour was intended to send a clear message: The president is serious about the pivot to the Asia-Pacific announced in 2011. There had been rising doubts about his willingness to bring about this shift in foreign policy. In October 2013, Obama had canceled a planned tour of Asia because of struggles over the United States’ budget, raising concerns about the seriousness of his commitment throughout the region, mostly from China. At the 2013 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on Bali, the “family picture” — a photograph traditionally taken at the end of a meeting of political leaders — shows Chinese President Xi Jinping at center stage among the 21 APEC representatives, including Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Squeezed into the far right corner is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, looking almost marginalized. Subsequently, there were calls for a more substantial U.S. involvement in Asia, not only from the Republican opposition, but from all sides...”

Excerpt from Sven Bernhard Gareis, A Global Role for Europe,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 3, 2015: 10-15.

Prof. Dr. Sven Bernhard Gareis served as German deputy dean at the Marshall Center. He previously served as deputy head of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg for five years. He remains a professor of political science at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster. As a visiting professor, he has taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Tamkang University in Taiwan.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.