Security Challenges
Volume 12, No.3 (2016)

Facilitating the US Rebalance - Challenges and Prospects for Singapore as America’s Security Partner

This article assesses the extent to which Singapore has been willing to facilitate the rebalancing strategy of the United States, despite a number of challenges it has had to face as a consequence of its strategic choice. It argues that Singapore’s backing for the rebalance is but the most recent demonstration of the city-state’s longstanding support for America’s forward presence. While this policy has engendered problems for Singapore, including incurring China’s ire, these problems are unlikely to change Singapore’s fundamental belief in the importance of America’s strategic guarantee to the Asia-Pacific and Singapore’s role in support of that.

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