June 2, 2012

A New Security Order for the Pacific

Khanh Vu Duc, Asia Sentinel

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The United States today is not the United States of 1962, financially sound and brimming with potential. Despite its best efforts, Washington will find itself hard pressed to find a manageable solution to the plethora of problems that plague the South China Sea. Faced with a debt crisis and stubborn unemployment levels at home, exhausted militarily and economically from campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US must temper its foreign policy objectives in this period of austerity. No longer can the US be expected to provide economic and military support to its traditional allies.

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TAGGED: Australia, Japan, India, United States, Asia Pacific


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