Reorienting America: How Americans Are Shifting Their Foreign Policy Focus to Asia
Luncheon Presentation by Marshall Bouton, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
After a decade of preoccupation with terrorist threats and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans are increasingly seeing Asia as the priority for U.S. foreign policy. They view Asia's dynamism as an opportunity to help renew America's economic vitality, with China's economic growth and rise to global influence at the center of American thinking. This trend is especially pronounced among the "millenials," those Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 who came of age in the last decade. At the same time, Americans see the potential over the longer term for China to emerge as an economic and security threat to the United States. They place a high priority on U.S. alliances with Japan and South Korea, not to limit China's rise but to help strengthen a regional structure of cooperation and engagement.
Come find out more about the Chicago Council's just-released 2012 Study of American Public Opinion, which documents public attitudes on world affairs and the U.S. role in the world.
Marshall M. Bouton is President of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a position he has held since 2001. From 1990 to 2001 he was Executive Vice President of the Asia Society in New York. An expert on Asian affairs, Dr. Bouton's previous positions include Director of Policy Analysis for Near East, Africa and South Asia in the U.S. Department of Defense and Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to India. Dr. Bouton chairs the advisory board of the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches on Asia at Northwestern University. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.