The United States and Asia in 2009: public diplomacy and strategic continuity

“Whatever works”. Is this Obama’s key Asia policy?

In crafting
an Asia policy during the first year of his
presidency, Obama has faced the dilemma of continuing much of his predecessor’s
policies while answering public expectations for change. A military surge in
Afghanistan after a long debate, an attempt to enhance strategic cooperation
with China, a disappointing result for climate change policies, a better
disposition toward regional organisations, and a growing concern with the
course of Japan’s alliance policy have been the main threads of a deeply
pragmatic approach.

For more –
Read ‘The United States and Asia in 2009: Public diplomacy and strategic continuity’,
by Francois Godement, published by Asian

The European Council on Foreign Relations does not take collective positions. ECFR publications only represent the views of their individual authors.


ECFR Alumni · Director, Asia and China Programme
Senior Policy Fellow

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