Past event

Research Event

The United States' Pivot to Asia-Pacific

Chatham House, London

US and the Americas Programme, The Changing Role of the US in Asia


Dr Kurt M Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US
Chair: Xenia Dormandy, Senior Fellow, Chatham House


Over the past six months, the United States has taken many steps to engage more actively and comprehensively in the Asia-Pacific, from the agreements to rotate 2500 troops through Australia and station littoral ships in Singapore, to dialogues with the Philippines and Vietnam. All of these are elements of the US strategic shift towards the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Campbell will discuss the US ‘pivot’ towards Asia: how the US perceives its interests in the region, and how it will balance its relationships there to meet these interests.