“Rebalancing” to the Asia Pacific is the signature foreign policy initiative of the Obama administration. Despite the attention it has rightfully garnered, the rebalance remains poorly understood. In addition to misapprehension about its fundamental principles, discussion appears to be dominated by what this policy isn’t rather than what it is. This essay aims to clear up the confusion, explain what the U.S. is doing as it shifts its strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region, and its implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.
Brad Glosserman, Executive Director, Pacific Forum CSIS
* This analysis draws on Brad Glosserman, Stressing the Linchpin: the US-ROK Alliance and ‘Rebalancing’ to Asia, Asian Issue Brief, No. 27, 19 September 2012.