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Virtual Event | Lost Decade: The U.S. Pivot to Asia and the Rise of Chinese Power

Jun 12, 2024
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET


The announcement, more than a decade ago, of a "Pivot to Asia” marked a dramatic departure in American grand strategy. In their new book, Robert D. Blackwill and Richard Fontaine detail this attempted shift to an Asia-centric foreign policy, examine it in a global perspective, and draw out lessons for policymakers today. Lost Decade: The US Pivot to Asia and the Rise of Chinese Power concludes that, while the Pivot's strategic logic is strong, there remains a deep need for a more coherent U.S. approach to the Indo-Pacific region. The book employs recent historical experience to chart a path for putting Asia first in U.S. strategy, even while maintaining key commitments in Europe and the Middle East.

OnJune 12, CNAS hosted a virtual event with the authors. They discussed the Pivot strategy, assess the effort thus far, and propose a way ahead for the United States in Asia and beyond.

The event​​​​​​​ was moderated by Ellen Nakashima, national security reporter at The Washington Post.


Robert D. Blackwill
Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy
Center on Foreign Relations

Richard Fontaine
Chief Executive Officer
Center for a New American Security

Moderated by:

Ellen Nakashima
National Security Reporter
The Washington Post