Asia-Pacific Security

Within Asia-Pacific Security

The Asia-Pacific is the world’s economic and geopolitical center of gravity. This region has also become the central theater in the competition between the United States and China to shape the course of the 21st century. At the same time, the nuclear and conventional threats posed by North Korea remain a flashpoint for major power war. From Japan to India, American allies and partners in the region are increasingly active in pursuing their interests, including engaging in new forms of security networking. More than ever, America’s place in the world will hinge on whether it can get the Asia-Pacific right.

The CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program addresses opportunities and challenges for the United States in the region, with a growing focus on issues that originate in the Asia-Pacific but have global implications. It draws on a team with deep government and nongovernment expertise in regional studies, U.S. foreign policy, international security, and economic statecraft. The Asia-Pacific Security Program analyzes trends and generates practical and creative policy solutions around three main research priorities:

  • U.S. Strategic Competition with China. Areas of focus for the CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program include developing alternatives to China’s Belt and Road vision of global connectivity, blunting China’s digital expansion, addressing Beijing’s influence in international organizations, and positioning the United States to compete with China in the Middle East.
  • U.S. Allies and Partners. Areas of focus for the CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program include how the United States can strengthen its existing relationships with high-capability allies and partners like Japan, South Korea, Australia, and Taiwan, enhance its security and economic engagement with Southeast Asia, and forge a relationship with India that will contribute to a more favorable regional balance of power.
  • The North Korea Threat. The primary area of focus for the CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program is the ongoing negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang and policy options for the United States in the event that North Korea either takes concrete steps toward denuclearization or continues to expand its nuclear arsenal.

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