Please join the Atlantic Council’s Indo-Pacific Security Initiative, housed in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, for a conversation with Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Camille P. Dawson regarding the United States’ strategy in the Indo-Pacific region. This hybrid event will take place on Friday, October 27 at 2:45 PM ET.

As the post-Cold War order comes to a close, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently introduced the concept of “diplomatic variable geometry” to capture the US approach to the new era. He argues that we should be intentional when assembling diverse coalitions of countries, local governments, nonprofits, private sector, and academia to adequately address each foreign policy issue at hand.

During this event, Deputy Assistant Secretary Dawson will build upon this concept to discuss how minilateral engagements with Indo-Pacific partners can complement the existing regional security architecture. The conversation will focus on the purpose of building new and flexible partnerships through the Quad, AUKUS, Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP), US-Republic of Korea-Japan, US-Japan-Philippines, and US-EU arrangements central to the Indo-Pacific Strategy. She will also consider questions such as, “How will the United States factor the perspectives of allies and partners into this approach, and what lines of effort is the United States pursuing within that structure?”

Opening remarks by

Amy Searight
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia


Camille P. Dawson
Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
United States Department of State

Moderated by

Uri Friedman
Senior Editorial Director
Atlantic Council

Indo-Pacific Security Initiative

The Indo-Pacific Security Initiative works with US, allied, and partner governments and other key stakeholders to shape strategies and policies to mitigate the most important rising security challenges facing the region, including China’s growing threat to the international order and North Korea’s destabilizing nuclear weapons advancements. IPSI also addresses opportunities for cooperation in the region, such as transforming regional security architectures, harnessing emerging technologies, and developing new mechanisms for deterrence and defense cooperation.

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