A generation ago, the US was the world’s dominant economy.
Now, the global economy is a distant memory.
But the US has found itself caught between competing national interests.
It’s a challenge to national identity, and a reflection of a nation’s power to shape its own future.
The region that is the US is also one of its most enduring.
In the words of the New York Times, “America’s empire is the world.”
A region that has the potential to reshape global politics.
The region in question is the Pacific Rim, a region of more than 160 countries spanning from Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines to Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
It is the largest landmass in the world, spanning roughly 5 percent of the world.
The US has long held the region in check, but as it’s grown, so has its ability to shape the region.
“We’re not going to be able to keep China out,” said one top administration official in a conference call with reporters.
“The way we’re going to keep the region is through diplomacy.”
In recent years, the Pacific has seen a flurry of diplomatic efforts, including the signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in November of 2016, the opening of a new trade area in July of 2017 and the opening up of the Chinese coast guard in the South China Sea last year.
These efforts have helped bolster American influence in the region and helped secure US influence on the world stage.
China has not always been so accommodating.
In 2017, for instance, it tried to block a deal with the US, arguing that the US had been too eager to allow China to gain control over the South and East China Seas.
China has also sought to influence US policies, particularly in the Pacific.
For example, it’s been a key player in the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal between the US and 11 other nations, which will go into effect in 2020.
China also wants the US to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, a deal that President Donald Trump has promised to scrap.
And the Pacific is not the only region in the US that is a battleground.
In recent months, the president of the United States has been embroiled in an investigation into the use of his campaign office for political purposes, and is facing an internal investigation into allegations that he failed to disclose gifts from Chinese donors in exchange for a position as a Trump Foundation board member.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and has blamed the probe on Democrats, and his critics, who say that he’s deliberately stoking a national scandal.
The White House has tried to portray the investigation as an attempt to undermine the president, and its investigation into Trump and his foundation is the most extensive to date.
While the president is under investigation, the region has not gone quietly.
The Pacific Rim has seen an increase in tensions with its neighbours.
The Philippines, which is home to some 1.3 million US troops and the US Navy, has a tense relationship with China.
And South Korea, home to a small US military base, has long been a rival to the US in terms of military strength and economic clout.
In December of last year, the South Korean army attacked a US military exercise, and in April of this year, North Korea launched a long-range rocket.
These actions led to a standoff in the Korean Peninsula that has been a major source of tension between the two countries.
Despite the challenges, the regional power plays the US sees in the regions have not deterred the president from pushing for greater regional engagement.
Trump said in his inauguration speech that “the time has come to unite the world against terrorism, to combat global threats, and to lead the world to a brighter future.”
And in September, Trump took aim at China for its economic and military strength, calling on the Chinese to “start working for our own interests.”
And in recent months there has been growing frustration in Washington about the US’s regional policy.
In March, Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said the US needs to move beyond regionalism and take a more proactive role in the Asia-Pacific.
Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, has also come under fire for his failure to speak out forcefully about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and Trump’s choice of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) to head the Central Intelligence Agency was seen as a sign of weakness and an erosion of the US power in the face of China’s rising power.
So, what is regionalism?
The term regionalism was coined in the late 1970s by Robert Dallek, a foreign policy professor at Georgetown University.
He coined the term to describe the belief that the United Nations should be more aligned with the global community and not with national interests, and should focus on global governance.
The term, which was popularized by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, was