The core mission of the Scowcroft Center’s Asia Security Initiative is to equip the transatlantic community to “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific and to position the Atlantic Council to serve as the essential link between high-level transatlantic and Asian leaders and thinkers on crucial current and future issues in international security.

The Asia Security Initiative has engaged in a broad range of projects on regional security issues with the goal of forging new partnerships in the region.

Key Projects


Cross Strait Seminar Series

This project looks broadly at major security and economic issues impacting the strategic landscape in the Asia Pacific and how they will affect the US-China-Taiwan trilateral relationship. Past topics of discussion include growing Asian defense spending, the challenge of Chinese cyber attacks and espionage, and the impact of nationalism on security in East Asia.

Strengthening US Extended Deterrence in East Asia

This project is funded by the MacArthur Foundation to study the credibility and effectiveness of US extended deterrence in East Asia in a very dynamic strategic environment. The goal of this project is to strengthen US extended deterrence in East Asia by offering policy prescriptions to the United States and key regional governments based on an assessment of evolving regional, global, and technological trends, as well as robust engagement with key experts and opinion-makers from the region to better grasp their perceptions.

Geopolitics of Energy in the Asia-Pacific

The Scowcroft Center is engaged in a cooperative effort with the Council’s Energy and Environment program to study the impact of energy trends on the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific, including emerging sources of supply to the region; the food, water, energy nexus and the impact of climate change on the region; and evolving energy trade and maritime routes.

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