Strengthening Atlantic-Pacific Partnerships
An important requirement for sustaining and updating the open, rules-based order is cooperation among like-minded democracies in the US, Europe, and Asia. For a variety of historical, cultural and political reasons, there has been a tendency to consider Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific issues separately. Though the US has alliances in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, they have tended to operate on separate policy tracks. In an increasingly globalized world, the result is a gap in consultation and coordination on important issues of mutual concern among Atlantic and Pacific actors.

To begin efforts to bridge the gap, the Atlantic Council will organize two public events that will focus on key issues where Atlantic-Pacific cooperation can and should be enhanced, e.g., global commons and security. Both discussions will seek to:
• Identify the prospective global issues of mutual concern;
• Prioritize the key issues; and
• Develop ways and means to encourage and better institutionalize cooperation among Atlantic-Pacific actors.

Strengthening the Transatlantic-Pacific Partnership, by Robert Manning, May 2017
Event on January 27, 2017: Strengthening Atlantic-Pacific Partnerships
Event on March 23, 2017: Strengthening Atlantic-Pacific Partnerships

Southeast Asia Seminar Series
The purpose of this Series will be to analyze, discuss and promote the issues of key significance to the Southeast Asia region. It would provide a public forum to facilitate a necessary conversation in Washington, DC that is not currently occurring. The series will address a diverse range of issues related to developing sustainable, rules-based economic growth and security throughout the Southeast Asia region through public and private events. These events would include both security-focused topics in addition to utilizing the Council’s breadth of expertise to examine broader trends and cross-functional topics such as energy markets, climate change, and UNCLOS.

A Next Generation Perspective on the Future of the US-Korea Relationship
The purpose of this project is to develop an issue brief to inform the United States and South Korea regarding the next generation’s perspective on how the US-Korea relationship will evolve in the future in terms of regional security threats, economy and trade, cultural exchanges, and other forms of cooperation to tackle future challenges. The outcomes of this project, which will be published in the form of an issue brief (approximately 5,000 words) will help inform the Asia-Pacific Strategy Task Force’s final strategy report. The strategy will include specific recommendations for the US and allied governments across the diplomatic, political, economic, and military domains. In an election year, its findings will be particularly designed to shape the thinking and policy choices of the next US administration as it develops its overall national security strategy and specific policies toward the Asia-Pacific.


A Next Generation Perspective on the Future of the Korea-US Relationship, by Alex Ward, July 31, 2017

US-Japan Global Futures Partnership
This partnership aims to develop a major body of work aimed at advancing US-Japan relations and the role of the alliance and the economic partnership in the broader strategic environment throughout Northeast Asia and the world. This partnership will serve as a key element in the Council’s broader efforts to expand its Asia-related efforts, with specific emphasis on developing a body of Japan-based programming. A series of public events and private roundtables on key elements of the future of the US-Japan global partnership will be organized. Based on the outcomes of the convening sessions, the Council will produce a report on the future of the US-Japan global partnership, its implications for regional and global dynamics, and suggested policy recommendations.

The Future of the US-Republic of Korea Relations Forum
This forum provides a platform to discuss the highest-priority strategic issues between the United States and Korea and the implications these issues could have for broader regional dynamics. The forum will host an impressive audience drawn from the Washington, DC policy community, and will include think tanks, media, private industry, and US and foreign government representatives. The keynote speeches will feature US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Other public and private sessions at this Forum will feature topics such as the interplay between security and economic issues, trade, energy security, and emerging technologies.

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. Topics of discussion include growing Asian defense spending, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the challenge of Chinese cyberattacks and espionage, and the impact of nationalism on security in East Asia.  As part of the series, the Atlantic Council leads a high-level delegation of former government officials to Taiwan for meetings with Taiwanese government officials, think tank experts, and business leaders.


Public event on June 9, 2017: The Next US-Taiwan Arms Sales
Public event on March 7, 2017: The Rise of Intra-Asian Defense Cooperation
Public event on December 2, 2016: What’s Next for Asia under President-Elect Trump?
Public event on September 6, 2016: Shoddy Asian Cybersecurity Gives Hackers Easy Targets
Public event on May 27, 2016: The Future of Trade in Taiwan
Public event on February 9, 2016: Conflict in the Taiwan Strait?
Public event on December 9, 2015: The Future of Taiwan’s Defense Role
Public event on September 11, 2015: Implications of the Upcoming Taiwanese Elections to the Asia-Pacific
Public event on May 14, 2015: Implications of Energy Security on Critical Geopolitical, Economic, and Environmental Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region
Public event on March 20, 2015: Implications of The Emerging Anti-Access and Area Denial (A2/AD) Capabilities in the Asia-Pacific
Public event on December 16, 2014: Democratic Developments in Asia: Implications of the Hong Kong Demonstrations for Cross-Straits Relations
Public event on May 7, 2014: The Future of the US-Taiwan Relationship
Public event on March 6, 2014: Admiral Locklear Discusses the Future of Asian Security
Public event on December 3, 2013: Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia
Public event on August 22, 2013: The Coming Asian Arms Race?
Public event on May 15, 2013: East Asia’s Future: Nationalism or Integration?
Event on April 30, 2013: Taiwanese Deputy Minister of Defense Yang Assesses Asia-Pacific Security Environment