In January, 2011, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a major U.S. foreign and military policy initiative: the diplomatic, economic and military pivot to Asia and the Pacific. Building on the twenty-year old approach of engaging and containing China, the U.S. pursued active engagement with China on a range of issues on which they share common interests. At the same time, with the Pivot the U.S. has been expanding and deepening its military alliances with many of China’s neighbors, building new military bases, committing to deploy 60% of the Navy and Air Force to Asia and the Pacific, and has adopted a new warfighting doctrine “Air-Sea Battle” to augment its regional hegemony.
This speech on the pivot by Joseph Gerson of AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program was prepared to help build peace movement capabilities to prevent war and to build common shared security solutions to Asia-Pacific tensions. For more detailed information, visit http://afsc.org/program/peace-economic-security-program or contact Joseph Gerson at JGerson@afsc.org.