The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.

The Asia Security Initiative aims to produce commentary and analysis from a variety of experts, key regional stakeholders, and voices from the Asia-Pacific directly and consistently in order to provide concrete, actionable policy recommendations that bring together the United States with its European and Asian allies and partners to develop a strategic perspective for adapting and revitalizing the rules-based international order.

Asia Security Initiative research and reports engage with key regional stakeholders, decision-makers and opinion leaders to produce content incorporating regional voices and develop action-oriented strategies to shape policy of the United States and its allies and partners.

The Asia Security Initiative regularly convenes high-level discussions that engage policymakers, experts, and officials to make real-world impact including changing or informing policies of the US government or its allies and partners, as well as affecting corporate sector policies, by offering concrete, actionable policy recommendations on a range of traditional and non-traditional issues.

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Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Beyond the peninsula: Prospects for US-ROK regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

This report assesses the prospects of US-ROK regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific under South Korea's New Southern Policy (NSP) and US Indo-Pacific strategy, providing recommendations for policymakers in Washington and Seoul on enhancing US-ROK economic engagement outside of the Korean peninsula.

Report by Miyeon Oh

Digital Policy East Asia

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

FAST THINKING: Missiles are flying again on the Korean peninsula

Is nuclear diplomacy with the North all but dead? How worried should we be about these missiles?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Arms Control Crisis Management

Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Roberts in Nikkei Asia on Beijing’s recent crackdown on private businesses and its implications for China’s economic future

On September 10, 2021, Nikkei Asia published an op-ed by Asia Security Initiative senior fellow Dexter Tiff Roberts titled, “Lacking a better game plan, Beijing will pick off more industries.” The article explores Beijing’s “squeeze” on technology sectors and highlights China’s growing economic vulnerabilities. Roberts argues that “this is bad news for Beijing’s plan to […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Economy & Business

Tue, Aug 31, 2021

Roberts featured in Asharq News on the implications of Japan’s increased defense spending in the Indo-Pacific

On August 31, Dexter Tiff Roberts was featured in an interview from Dubai-based Asharq News on the regional implications of Tokyo’s recent announcement of plans to increase its defense spending, focusing on the impacts this development will have on the US, China, Taiwan, and Japan (interview voice-over in Arabic). Read more about the author:

Timely Commentary & Analysis

Indo-Pacific Security & Defense

Mon, Aug 30, 2021

Garlauskas participates in US Institute of Peace event on North Korea: “Whose court is the ball in?”

On July 28, Markus Garlauskas spoke at a US Institute of Peace event titled “Whose Court Is the Ball In? Making Progress on Peace and Denuclearization With North Korea” held at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. Garlauskas cautioned against considering Kim Jong Un to be desperate, against optimism on the near-term prospects for diplomacy […]

In the News

Korea Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Aug 23, 2021

Garlauskas featured in NK News podcast on intelligence failure to anticipate Communist Chinese military intervention

On August 23, Markus Garlauskas was featured in NK News podcast, along with the Korea Society’s Jonathan Corrado in an expert discussion on the failure of the United States to anticipate and prepare for Communist China’s military intervention in the Korean War. Garlauskas and Corrado argued that cognitive biases along with dysfunctional inter-personal and inter-organizational […]

In the News

Arms Control Indo-Pacific

Mon, Aug 23, 2021

Roberts quoted in The Independent on China’s ongoing crackdown on its tech and private enterprises

On August 23, Dexter Tiff Roberts was quoted in an article in The Independent that discussed Beijing’s recent crackdowns on China’s technology industries and the CCP’s intentions behind these actions. Roberts argues that “China’s top leadership believe they can rein in the excesses of big tech companies by calling a sudden halt of IPOs (making […]

In the News

China Economy & Business

Sat, Aug 21, 2021

Roberts quoted in The Guardian on Beijing’s new regulation policies aimed at its tech billionaires

On August 21, Dexter Tiff Roberts was quoted in an article in The Guardian that discussed new Chinese regulations across its education and technology industries, whose contributions to China’s economy are far bigger than many of its state-owned firms. Roberts acknowledges that Xi Jinping’s recent moves on the tech sector was foreseen by many, explaining […]

In the News

China Economy & Business

Thu, Aug 12, 2021

Garlauskas participates in Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center workshop report on “A Policy of Public Diplomacy with North Korea”

On August 12, Markus Garlauskas presented remarks and answered questions at a panel discussion hosted virtually by Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The event was organized to launch a new Belfer workshop report to which Garlauskas contributed, “A Policy of Public Diplomacy with North Korea: A Principled and Pragmatic Approach to […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis

Arms Control Indo-Pacific

Mon, Aug 9, 2021

Roberts quoted in The Economist on the echoes of Mao Zedong’s “politics-in-command” economy

On August 9, Dexter Tiff Roberts was quoted in an article in The Economist that discussed Beiing’s movement on abandoning China’s old pro-growth model and the beginning of “real state capitalism.” Roberts highlights that senior officials in the US government believe that China will become “not just an economic superpower but a geopolitical and military one” […]

In the News

China Economy & Business


Tue, Sep 28, 2021

2021 Atlantic Council – Korea Foundation Forum

Online Event The Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum is an annual conference hosted by the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Asia Security Initiative that brings together US and ROK officials and experts to develop forward-looking recommendations for the US-ROK alliance.

10:45am Climate Change & Climate Action East Asia Economy & Business Indo-Pacific

Wed, Sep 29, 2021

Europe’s response to the Uyghur genocide

Online Event A conversation featuring two European parliamentarians taking action to address atrocities being committed against the Uyghur population.

11:30am China Europe & Eurasia European Union Human Rights