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Securing the Persian Gulf: With fiscal limits and 'pivot' to Asia, U.S. strategy could change

Securing the Persian Gulf: With fiscal limits and 'pivot' to Asia, U.S. strategy could change

By Brian M Downing The Persian Gulf has been critical in U.S. strategic thinking since the rise of oil production there in the 1930s. Three things, however, are calling its importance into question. First, U.S. oil and gas production, owing to the exploitation of shale formations inside the U.S., has risen markedly, making self-sufficiency a […]

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When the going gets tough in the Middle East, the U.S. ‘pivots’ toward a real problem: China

When the going gets tough in the Middle East, the U.S. ‘pivots’ toward a real problem: China

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com A new word has come into vogue over the past year as the United States draws down its forces in Afghanistan and gets out of Iraq. The word is “pivot.” We’re told the U.S. is “pivoting” toward Asia, focusing on this part of the world after having concentrated on the Middle […]