Cross-Strait Series: The Rise of Intra-Asian Defense Cooperation

March 7, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Cross-Strait Series: 
The Rise of Intra-Asian Defense Cooperation

A discussion with:
Ms. Lindsey Ford
Director of Asian Security and Richard Holbrooke Fellow
Asia Society Policy Institute

Mr. John Watts
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Atlantic Council

Mr. Randy Schriver
Founding Partner
Armitage International LLC

Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt
US Navy (Ret.);
Senior Fellow

CNA Strategic Studies

Moderated by:
Mr. Gordon Lubold
Pentagon Reporter
The Wall Street Journal

Please join the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security for a discussion about the rise of intra-Asian defense cooperation, its significance to regional dynamics, and potential implications. Over the past two decades, largely in response to China’s growing economic and military power and doubts about their intentions, we have seen an unprecedented increase in Asian defense spending and intra-Asian defense cooperation that is still evolving. In 2013, Asian defense spending surpass that of Europe. It ranges from Japan defense cooperation with the Philippines and Vietnam, India-Vietnam, Australia-India-Japan- US, Malaysia-Indonesia- Philippines maritime cooperation and others. This event would look at the nature and importance of intra-Asian cooperation and also what it may mean for cross-strait relations.

This Atlantic Council event is part of the Cross-Straits Series of the Brent Scowcroft Center's Asia Security Initiative, which examines strategic and current affairs surrounding cross-straits relations.


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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on-the-record. 

Metro and parking info 



Lindsey W. Ford is the Director for Security Programs for the Asia Society Policy Institute, as well as ASPI’s inaugural Richard Holbrooke Fellow. Her expertise includes U.S. national security, Asian regional architecture, and maritime security issues. Prior to joining ASPI, she served in a variety of roles at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she received the Award for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2014. Most recently, she was the Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, where she managed a team of advisers providing leadership on regional strategy planning, regional security assistance and force posture, and maritime security issues, including publication of the Defense Department’s first Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy in August 2015. She also served as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Sherpa for the 2014 U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, where she oversaw the first meeting of the ten ASEAN Defense Ministers to the United States.

John Watts is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Watts has spent more than a dozen years working across military, government, and industry, focused predominantly on the nature of future warfare and implications of complex emerging security risks. As part of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International security he is focused on Middle East and Indo-Pacific security issues. He has co-led wargames on Islamic State and researched the role Australia can play in Gulf security.  Previously, as a senior consultant with Noetic Corporation, he advised international, military, federal, and local government agencies. Considered by his clients as a trusted adviser and honest broker, he improved strategic planning and technology evaluation approaches, exercised emergency management teams, facilitated non-traditional interagency initiatives, developed new operating concepts, and analyzed the impact and opportunities of emerging, disruptive technologies and threats.

Gordon Lubold is Pentagon Reporter of The Wall Street Journal. Before that, he was a senior national security writer for Defense One; as well as Foreign Policy (, where he launched and authored the widely-read morning newsletter that was distributed to 150,000 readers in the foreign policy and national security community each day. Prior to that, he was a senior advisor at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, where he writes on national security and foreign policy. Prior to his arrival at USIP, he was a defense reporter for Politico, where he launched the popular “Morning Defense” early morning blog and tip-sheet. Prior to that, he was the Pentagon and national security correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, and before that he was the Pentagon correspondent for the Army Times chain of newspapers. He has covered conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia, and has reported on military matters in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. He has spoken frequently on the sometimes-contentious relationship between the military and the media as a guest on numerous panels. He also appears on radio and television, including CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN and others, and radio programs such as “Diane Rehm” and “To the Point,” a syndicated broadcast on NPR.