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PacNet #21 – Southeast Asia and the United States: Policy Without Strategy

Clear strategic thinking is the bedrock upon which effective foreign policy and security policy must be built. But today, U.S. foreign policy toward Southeast Asia is being made in something disturbingly — even dangerously — close to a strategic vacuum. Responding to the financial/economic crisis that has afflicted the region has become the near sum and total of U.S. strategy. But an economic strategy, however well conceived and executed, is not a security strategy.