The Inaugural Spitzer Lecture: What's Behind America's "Asia Pivot"

With North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un playing hard at nuclear brinksmanship, the question is not only to what end, but also what are the potential long-term destabilizing impacts in the region. These are among the issues Walter Russell Mead addressed on Monday, April 15, 2013, during the first annual Anne and Bernard Spitzer Lecture, “America’s ‘Asia Pivot’ at a Time of Upheaval: The Pacific Isn’t Looking Pacifistic.” Among the causes, Mead noted the incalculable difference in possible outcomes between the best case scenario for the region and the worse case.

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