The Mismatch between Northeast Asian Change and American Distractions
Michael H. Armacost
Ambassador Armacost's views are noteworthy for their concern over the distractions of American attention from Asia. The Middle Eastern conflict has diverted U.S. attention from the dynamics of East Asia, both in the region’s political and its economic dimensions. He worries not only over the need for a settled policy on the North Korean problem but over U.S. inattentiveness to new multilateral formations in the region from which the United States may be shut out. If present trends continue, he concludes, American influence in Northeast Asia may ebb, less from strategic calculus than from inattention.