President Obama has staked much of his foreign policy legacy on boosting America's presence in Asia. He has increased the number of Navy ships in Asia's contested waters, forged ties with old adversaries, and relentlessly pursued a massive and controversial Asia-Pacific trade accord.
But as he heads to the region for his 10th visit since 2009, the president's effort to shift America's focus more decisively toward Asia remains a work in progress. And the unfinished and reversible nature of the president's signal foreign policy initiative raises an even larger question: In an age of political dysfunction at home, chaos in the Middle East and growing threats to the liberal international order, is it possible for any president to set a strategic foreign policy course and stick to it?
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