The Pivot to Asia: The Persistent Logics of Geopolitics and the Rise of China

  • William C. Mayborn Boston College


The 2011 pivot illustrated the persistence of post-World War II geopolitical thinking that seeks to prevent a single state or coalition from dominating Eurasia. For nearly seven decades, the U.S. has relied on a forward deployed presence and alliances in the Asia Pacific to maintain stability and deter conflict. This article will analyze the long-standing policy and the continuation of the policy with the 2011 pivot, and will explore the logics behind the policy. Next, the paper will explore three topics: the current-day situation in Eurasia, how nuclear weapons have altered the geopolitical logics, and the rise of China as an economic and military power in Asia.

Author Biography

William C. Mayborn, Boston College
William C. Mayborn is a Ph.D. candidate at Boston College in Political Science.