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The Pivot to Asia: Are the EU and the US Partners or Competitors?

December 12, 2014

The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the E.U. and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents? We spoke with a former Senior Analyst for the European Union Institute for Security Studies to pose these questions and more. Our guest, Nicola Casarini, is a Public Policy Scholar with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe.

Read a Wilson Brief about the topic: How Europe and the United States Can Boost Cooperation and Manage Competition in Asia.

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