October 23, 2020

Trump, Not Biden, Wrecked American Power in the Pacific

By Van Jackson and Hunter Marston

Astring of recent pieces have suggested that America’s friends in Asia have grown used to President Donald Trump’s tough-love approach and that, perhaps counterintuitively, Vice President Joe Biden has a credibility problem in the region. Biden, they intimate, is too closely associated with the policies of the Obama era, which no longer fit today’s security environment. As such, regional nations expect that Biden would mount inadequate resistance to Chinese expansionism and instead introduce an Obama 2.0 Asia policy.

By any measurable indicator, America’s standing has been lower in Asia during Trump’s presidency than before it.

This argument is wrong. It’s Trump, not Biden, who’s destroyed American standing in Asia, needlessly increased the risks of war in the region, and put the United States in a weaker position to defend American interests as a Pacific power.

Read the full article in Foreign Policy.

  • Commentary
    • Foreign Policy
    • April 8, 2021
    It’s Still Hard to Be America’s Ally

    The drive to enshrine a U.S. foreign policy for the American middle class may, in particular, pose new dilemmas for long-term allies....

    By Richard Fontaine

  • Reports
    • March 31, 2021
    Positive Visions, Powerful Partnerships

    Restoring U.S. alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific is critical to competing effectively against China....

    By Stephen Tankel, Lisa Curtis, Joshua Fitt & ​Coby Goldberg

  • Commentary
    • The Australian Financial Review
    • December 18, 2020
    Washington should keep calm and watch the Australians

    At a moment of bitter division in the United States, Australia has produced a ray of bipartisan sunshine in Washington....

    By Richard Fontaine

  • Commentary
    • December 1, 2020
    Retooling Democratic Good Governance

    Online and offline, illiberal governance technologies are proliferating across Southeast Asia....

    By ​Coby Goldberg & Kristine Lee

View All Reports View All Articles & Multimedia