Did Mideast Crises Hamper Obama's Asia Pivot?

By Christina Lin

Dr. Christina Lin is a fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University where she specializes in China-Middle East/Mediterranean relations, and a research consultant for Jane's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Intelligence Centre at IHS Jane's. 

With the incoming Trump presidency, much ink has been spilled regarding the “end” of President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia.

The pivot was centered on the military prong of moving 60 percent of U.S. naval assets to the Asia Pacific along with the economic prong of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.    As the Washington Post stated in August, “The TPP was to be the anchor, symbolic and substantive, of a reinvigorated U.S. presence. The next president cannot simply leave a strategic vacuum in its place.”

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