In high school, did you try to learn a language? If so, what language did you choose? Many students in America think of Spanish as the best language to learn due to the numerous Spanish-speaking families who call these states home. But in recent years, Asian languages are becoming increasingly popular among high school students. Languages like Japanese, Korean, Hindi, and especially Chinese, are being spoken in the classroom as globalization brings the east and west closer together. Although Asian languages are still not nearly as popular as learning European languages, this rise follows the increasing social, economic, and political importance that Asia has seen in the recent years.
High school students are not the only ones to recognize the growing influence of Asia; the Asia-Pacific region has also become a top priority for the Obama administration. As the United States begins to shift its attention away from the west and middle-east and more towards the far-east, the implications of this change are still emerging as American foreign policy is only starting to devote large amounts of resources and manpower towards diplomatically engaging these nations. Thus the future of security within the region has yet to be seen and the United States must fully understand the threats that may arise during this shift.
Modern times have seen numerous threats to stability from around the world. With possibilities ranging from nuclear weapons, to small organizations of terrorists, to a string of 0’s and 1’s in a computer virus, peace can be disrupted very easily and at a very low cost. Thus the President and the many members of the executive branch must be capable of recognizing and addressing potential threats within the Aisa-Pacific region before they inflict massive damage upon the United States and her allies. Furthermore, legislators must understand these same complications if they wish to support the efforts that neutralize them. This report hopes to examine various threats, those that are apparent and not so apparent, as well as solutions and policy recommendations that can maintain stability in the region.
I will be studying in Japan this semester, which will allow the report to incorporate the input of analysts and experts within the aforementioned region. Please feel free to provide comments and suggestions. I am excited to hear your thoughts and your input is highly appreciated.