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Murky Waters: Maritime Security in the East and South China Seas

Thu, Apr 5, 2018

Murky waters: Maritime security in the East and South China Seas

What is the state of play in the East and South China Seas, and what might be the future of maritime rules and norms in the region? To answer these questions, the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security convened several experts for a public panel discussion on March 30, 2018. With panelists representing […]

Event Recap by Shaun Ee

China International Norms
Surfing the Strait: China, Taiwan, and Twitter

Wed, Mar 28, 2018

Cross-Strait Series: Surfing the Strait—China, Taiwan, and Twitter

In today’s new media environment, the opportunities for instant rhetoric add a novel element to national and international discourse that can complicate relationships between countries and leaders, as with China’s recent condemnation of President Trump’s December 2017 tweet on North Korea.

Event Recap by Asia Security Initiative

China Civil Society
Kentaro Sonoura

Thu, Mar 8, 2018

A free and open Indo-Pacific strategy

In November 2017, when President Trump visited Japan, Prime Minister Abe and President Trump agreed to work together to promote peace and prosperity in the region by developing the Indo-Pacific as free and open. In addition, particularly after President Trump gave a speech at the APEC CEO Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, on November 10th, […]

Event Recap by Asia Security Initiative

East Asia Japan

Tue, Dec 12, 2017

2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum

Reimagining the US-Republic of Korea Partnership in the Trans-Pacific Century     As the Trump administration nears the end of its first year in office, it is a propitious moment to take stock of the emerging US policy for an uncertain and very dynamic security and economic environment in the Trans-Pacific region. In order to most […]

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East Asia Korea

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

A strategy for the Trans-Pacific century: Final report of the Atlantic Council’s Asia-Pacific Strategy Task Force

The culmination of a full year of analysis by the Atlantic Council’s Asia-Pacific Strategy Task Force, A Strategy for the Trans-Pacific Century argues for deeper engagement between the United States’ Atlantic and Pacific partners to uphold the liberal rules-based order in Asia and beyond. As the rise of China creates reverberations felt not only within […]

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Defense Policy Indo-Pacific

Mon, Jul 31, 2017

A Next Generation Perspective on the Future of the Korea-US Relationship

Read the Publication (PDF) It is no secret that China and the United States have different opinions about world order. South Korea, meanwhile, is caught in the middle of these two great powers who want to push their weight around the global stage. South Korea has always sought to balance relations between the two countries, […]

Article by Alex Ward


Sat, Jul 22, 2017

Jamie Metzl: Why Korean Reunification is in China’s Strategic National Interest

“North Korea’s July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile has highlighted once again both the extent to which Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program and aggressive behavior is destabilizing the Asia Pacific region and the relative impotence of efforts to date designed to respond. Although North Korean nuclear weapons seem primarily designed to ensure regime survival, […]

Transcript by Jamie Metzl

Fri, Jun 9, 2017

Cross-Strait Series: The Next US-Taiwan Arms Sales

The Trump administration is said to be drafting a new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles. The package is expected to be significantly larger than one that was shelved at the end of the Obama administration, US officials told Reuters on the eve of a visit to Beijing […]

Event Recap by Maxwell Nitto


Mon, Apr 24, 2017

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Multilateralism in the 21st Century

On April 14, 2017 the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a conversation with the honorable Jin Liqun, president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The discussion focused on his vision for the development of the AIIB, its approach to providing financing for Asian infrastructure, and the AIIB’s internal governance process, […]

Event Recap by Chloe Hanley


Tue, Mar 7, 2017

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

On March 7, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a discussion on the rise of intra-Asian defense cooperation, its significance to regional dynamics, and potential implications to the US and global power dynamics. Recent partnerships range from Japan’s defense cooperation with the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as India-Vietnam, Australia-India-Japan-US, Malaysia-Indonesia-Philippines maritime […]

Event Recap by Chloe Hanley