This paper offers a European perspective of the US „pivot“ to Asia. A key driver has been the assessment that the geopolitical relevance of Asia has grown considerably. Europe is no longer the cockpit of world affairs. NATO and the European Union – which the US increasingly is seeing under German lead – need to adapt their policies addressing the altered challenges to security and prosperity in a systematic way. The consequent realignment will profoundly reshape the European Union politically and economically, with major implications for NATO and other elements of the transatlantic partnership. European policy should have a much stronger focus on Asia and the Pacific.

© 2013 Institut für Strategie- Politik- Sicherheits- und Wirtschaftsberatung (ISPSW)

Author: Ralph D Thiele

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