Asia-Pacific Strategy Task Force
The purpose of this task force is to develop a comprehensive, nonpartisan Asia-Pacific strategy for the United States and its allies and partners as described in a thirty to fifty page report. This Task Force is co-chaired by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Chairman of the Atlantic Council, Victor L.L. Chu, CEO of First Eastern Investment Group and Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board Member, and former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt.

The Task Force is undertaking a series of in-person meetings and video conferences, regional consultations, and interviews with its members and other key stakeholders. The Task Force aims to incorporate current and next-generation voices from the policy, business, and academic communities in the United States, Asia, and Europe. The final strategy report, to be released in 2017, will be designed to inform the next US administration’s strategy and policy towards the Asia-Pacific. Importantly, this Task Force will support the creation of the Atlantic Council’s new Asia-Pacific Center by raising the Council’s profile in Asia, building a community of influence with a stake in the Asia Center’s future work, and setting the analytic agenda for the Center. 

A Strategy for the Trans-Pacific Century: Final Report of the Atlantic Council’s Asia-Pacific Strategy Task Force, by Matthew Kroenig and Miyeon Oh, October 2017 
Event to launch the report, October 19, 2017 


Shaping the Asia-Pacific Future
This project seeks to formulate practical policy recommendations related to some of the most pressing and fundamental requirements for long-term security and prosperity in the region. It focuses on the development of durable understandings and measures affecting strategic military stability, and on fostering effective institutions and agreements supporting the open and rules-based movement of goods, services, and capital. The Scowcroft Center will develop actionable recommendations to governments through consultation and dialogue with forward-thinking individuals and collaborative partners in the Asia-Pacific region. The two specific issue modules where new thinking might be constructive include:
• A Pro-Active Agenda for Building a Durable Rules-Based Liberal Economic Order in the Asia-Pacific Region: The project will formulate public policy recommendations for strengthening the long-term institutional structure of a liberal, inclusive rules-based economic order in the Asia-Pacific region. Given growing challenges to the current architecture, a liberal open order will only be sustained and extended if the United States exerts a more robust leadership that goes beyond present levels of commitment. The report will address the following key components of a more comprehensive and pro-active US agenda for building a durable rules-based economic order in the Asia-Pacific region:
o Transforming multilateral development banks in support of private capital and good local governance;
o Enhancing institutional mechanisms in the monetary field that support financial stability and economic growth and adapt to the new weight of Asian economies
• Mapping Northeast Asian Futures: This effort seeks to initiate a Track 1.5 dialogue on key strategic issues affecting the future of Northeast Asia over the coming two decades. It would raise sensitive questions still too difficult for Track 1 diplomacy. This project would be an effort to explore what issues offer the best prospect of realizing new areas of cooperation that would help reinforce regional peace and stability, with prospective issues outlined below:
o Civil Nuclear Power
o Environment
o Global Commons
o Other Unanticipated Development


Shaping the Asia-Pacific Future: Strengthening the Institutional Architecture for an Open, Rules-Based Economic Order, by Olin Wethington and Robert Manning, June 2015
A Path to US Leadership in the Asia-Pacific: Revitalizing the Multilateral Financial Institutions, by Olin Wethington and Robert Manning, November 2016
Event on April 24, 2017: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Multilateralism in the 21st Century
Event on April 17, 2015: China's Vision for a More Prosperous Asia-Pacific Region

Event on April 15, 2015: Japan's Priorities in Shaping the Future of the Asia-Pacific Economic Order

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