How does the US think about its strategic priorities in Asia? In this Policy Analysis, Rod Lyon argues that US interests sit most prominently in Washington’s mind. Among those interests, the US takes economic concerns especially seriously; it is much more inclined to see Asia as a region of economic opportunity than one of military threat. Moreover, as its own primacy becomes more contested, it is looking for partners to pick up the slack.
- US priorities in Asia are focused upon the US’s own interests in the region.
- The second point is that economics—not military concerns—is the key driver of US interest in the region.
- And the third point is that Washington is still at an early stage in its thinking about the future regional security environment and its own role within it.