President Trump Political Policy Analysis

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1. POLICY DECISION AND OBJECTIVES: President Trump expects a rules based order system in the Southeast Asian region. He also seeks to increase mutually beneficial trade relationships in the region and expects, “markets to be open on each side.” The objectives of the regional policy are: strengthening U.S. and Asian alliances, empowering countries in the region to be stronger contributors to their own peace and stability, strengthening the U.S. military capabilities in the region, and affirming efforts to contain or roll back North Korea's ballistic and nuclear missile programs. In a speech to Asian leaders in August 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson highlights the significance of increased U.S. and Asian interaction as a,…show more content…
North Korea’s expanding nuclear testing and their reputation for erratic behavior is creating instability in the Asian Pacific Region.
3. STRATEGY OPTIONS: The strategy options below address the importance of applying diplomatic soft power in conjunction with military hard power in the Asian Pacific Region.
Option A - Increase diplomatic efforts in the region and maintain relative combat power. Option B - Continue current diplomatic efforts and increase relative combat power. Option C - Increase diplomatic efforts in the region and increase relative combat power.
The objective of Option A is to increase trade and strengthen relationships between the U.S. and Asian allies and partners to increase regional security and to broker peaceful and equitable dispute resolution. This option focuses on increasing commerce by leveraging U.S. membership and contributions to the ASEAN, the U.S. ASEAN Business Council, and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to rebalance multi-lateral trade agreements and strengthen U.S. and Asian relationships. This option also includes continuing the current level of messaging to foreign audiences providing clarity regarding U.S. support to the region. Clarity can be achieved by increasing diplomatic talks, press conferences, and diplomatic communications with Asian partners. Since April 2017,
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