Together with the shift to eastern Europe and some degree of greater attention for sub-Saharan Africa, I think that's a reasonable map.
Not sure how we are shifting to Eastern Europe. Obama has conceded much to mollify Russia but to no avail. I hope that he has finally learned his lesson that this is not about being nice but about being geostrategic. Not sure what to do about Ukraine but agree with de-escalating what was getting close to be a very hot issue. As to subSaharan Africa, I fail to see the geostrategic interest for the US.
Pull a few carriers out of the water and shelve some other big ticket items, then quit destabilizing south and central America with the illegal drug trade and you'll be doing it on the cheap too.
Not just the US. All drug-using populations including those in Canada and Europe are destabilizing Central and South America. What to do? Legalize drugs? I would be open to the same. The past 40 to 50 years of the War on Drugs have failed. I am ready to throw in the towel and try something new. Too bad the teachers unions and pro-government people cannot admit that their social and welfare policies have essentially failed and far more miserably. So, sign me on as interested in pursuing the way to legalize or at least decriminalize drugs to better regulate the trade and take the money out of the hands of the cartels.
Are you seeing much progress through ASEAN or the Law of the Sea protocols to keep jockeying over territorial sea claims from getting too interesting?
An umbrella security structure for East Asia is nascent at best, patchwork at worst. Not sure how this will turn out but we are probably 5-10 years away and this is precisely the crucial period when China may choose to act first rather than wait for less favorable conditions on the er ground-sea.