by Gary Roughead
August 14, 2014
For the foreseeable future, Central and South Asia will likely be the spawning ground of militant and terrorist activity. China’s assertiveness and its chipping away of maritime and air space of late has unsettled many Southeast Asian countries and Japan. While China espouses freedom of navigation, how that is defined is unclear and will likely be inconsistent with the interpretation of the United States and what has been the accepted international norm. Even with the above potential disruptors, stressors, and points of possible conflict, the future of Asia will be driven by rapid economic growth and trade. Accordingly, our strategic view and balance must be underpinned by that reality and priority. Our interests, influence, and prosperity will continue to require a credible and persistent security presence and viable response posture in the region.