Former Pentagon Advisor: US will drop Europe and focus on Asia
Elbridge Colby: Nothing has changed in our fundamental interests: No power is still allowed to achieve hegemony over important regions. But what has changed since 1989 are two things. First: Asia, and not Europe, is the most important world stage today because of its economic strength. Europe now accounts for 25 percent of global GDP, but in 20 years that will shrink to 10 percent. While Asia alone will account for more than 50 percent of global value creation. Second, China is by far the most important player in the world, alongside the US, with the potential to gain hegemony over Asia. All other important powers such as Germany or Russia, which is already failing in eastern Ukraine, are too weak for hegemony over Europe. Therefore we must prioritize China; we can take care of those other regions later.