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The Pivot to Asia plan from the Obama administration turns 10 years old next month. The plan aims to expand economic potential, advance democracy and create a military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the United States has fallen short, according to Zack Cooper, senior fellow for foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute.

  • Cooper, former special assistant to the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy, said there has been little increase in military presence, lack of a clear trade or investment strategy and backsliding of human rights and democracy in the region.
  • The Biden administration is struggling to focus on Southeast Asia and support a positive trade and investment approach, which will make it hard for the United States to gain traction, said Cooper.
  • Cooper said the U.S. must work with allies and partners to reinforce presence in the region as a fight over Taiwan becomes more likely.
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