Demonstrating U.S. Commitment to the Asia-Pacific Region

U.S. President Barack Obama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speak to the press at her residence in Burma, Nov. 19, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Kurt Campbell serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

This was an historic and consequential year for U.S. diplomatic relations with the Asia-Pacific region. Following Secretary Clinton’s announcement of a “pivot" to Asia in late 2011, the United States substantially increased efforts to refocus and strengthen its relationships across the Asia-Pacific. We witnessed dramatic improvements in our bilateral relationships and an unprecedented level of engagement with the region’s multilateral institutions. As the Secretary said, the Asia-Pacific is a key driver of global politics and home to the world’s fastest growing economies. As a Pacific power, the United States is irrevocably and geographically bound to the region and our future security and prosperity will be largely defined by events and developments there. With that in mind, the Bureau of East Asian… more »

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