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Avoiding the Trap: U.S. Strategy and Policy for Competing in the Asia-Pacific Beyond the Rebalance

Edited by Dr. David Lai, Professor John F. Troxell, Mr. Frederick J. Gellert.

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The challenge for the U.S. administration, and for policy experts writ large, is to build an effective strategy for a whole-of-government action in moving forward from the “Rebalance” in the direction of a free and open Indo-Pacific while avoiding the Thucydides Trap. This U.S. Army War College report provides analysis and policy recommendations on topics regarding the instruments of national power, regional affairs, and key Asia-Pacific countries. The key findings are rooted in the following overarching concepts:

Strategic Goal: Ensure American leadership, security, and prosperity.

Strategic Task: Accommodate China’s rise through competition without conflict.

Strategic Vision: Economy by priority; enabled by military power; tempered by diplomacy.

Getting the Indo-Pacific and relations with China right is the key to a peaceful and prosperous 21st Century.

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