The US ‘Pivot’ to Asia: A Progress Report

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A lecture by Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG, formerly British Ambassador to the United States of America.Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG

President Obama's ‘pivot’ to Asia was announced four years ago as a major change of direction for US foreign policy. The administration was immediately forced to reassure its European and Middle Eastern allies. Since then, the Arab Spring and other events in the Middle East, and more recently Eastern Europe, keep pulling the US back to its traditional areas of focus.

In his lecture, Sir Nigel Sheinwald will assess Obama's Asia ‘pivot’ four years on. He will consider how it is being pursued and what the key components are; the state of US public opinion towards China; where it fits within the overall framework of US foreign policy; and the policy challenges it presents for the UK and the rest of Europe.

Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG is a former senior British diplomat. He served as British Ambassador to the United States (2007-12), Foreign Policy and Defence Adviser to the Prime Minister (2003-07) and British Permanent Representative to the European Union (2000-03). Since leaving the Diplomatic Service in 2012, Sir Nigel has joined the board of Royal Dutch Shell as a Non-Executive Director, and the advisory boards of the Ditchley Foundation, British American Business, the Centre for European Reform, Campaign for British Influence in Europe and Business for New Europe. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at King's College London and a member of the King’s Governing Council.

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