The 112th Congress and Post-Crisis Asia
"An appreciation of America's enduring strengths should be a source of confidence for the 112th Congress. With the right choices, the U.S. will meet the challenges in Asia, draw benefits from Asian growth and peace, and continue to shape the future."
As the 112th Congress begins its work, it faces an array of complex challenges to U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific. Yet at the same time, closer trading ties and improving relationships enable fresh opportunities for engagement. Given the growing importance of the region to American objectives overseas, it is vital for policymakers to understand fully the transformations underway in Asia and the implications for the successful formulation of U.S. policy.
In the NBR Analysis, "Aftershock: The 112th Congress and Post-Crisis Asia," Edward Gresser and Daniel Twining examine the key issues the 112th Congress will confront this term, with a special focus on four major areas:
1. The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: Should it come to the floor, this will be one of Congress's most important Asia policy votes.
2. The risk of war on the Korean Peninsula: Congress should ensure that U.S. forces receive the support and resources necessary to prevail in any conflict against North Korea.
3. A stronger, more competitive China: As China continues to test the international community's resolve on issues ranging from maritime security to trade, senior members of the new Republican House majority are calling for changes in policy.
4. Funding for Afghanistan: Congressional funding for Afghanistan will frame the debate on policy toward that country during the 2012 presidential campaign.
Read the full report to learn more about these challenges and the implications for policy.
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