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PacNet #29 – Asia and the United States’ Security Anxieties — Mind the Gap

July 20, 2001

Asia is anxious. It perceives its anxieties are not shared by the United States. The United States rarely notices the "anxiety asymmetry." Both sides should "mind the gap." Untended differences will complicate policy coordination and increase mutual disenchantment. While the people of Asia do not speak with one name, impressions from a recent three-week visit across the region suggest that, as a whole, Asia and the United States are out of sync.