Asia-Pacific Security

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The Asia-Pacific has emerged as the world’s economic and geopolitical center of gravity. This region has 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 threat posed by North Korea remains a flashpoint for major-power war. Across the Indo-Pacific and beyond, American allies and partners are increasingly active in pursuing their interests, including engaging in new forms of security networking. More than ever before, 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:

  • The China Challenge investigates how the United States can sharpen its strategic edge in the competition with China. For the past several years, CNAS has conducted cutting-edge research on China’s Belt and Road that has informed the U.S. government’s efforts to address Beijing’s economic statecraft. Areas of focus in 2020 include blunting China’s digital expansion and addressing Beijing’s growing diplomatic and economic footprint in the Middle East.
  • Regional Alliances and Partnerships examines how the United States can strengthen its existing relationships with high-capability allies and partners like Japan, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, and India. Areas of focus in 2020 include galvanizing cooperation with American allies in the Indo-Pacific and beyond around innovation and technology protection and enhancing collective resilience against foreign interference.
  • The North Korea Threat assesses the state of play in the ongoing negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang and explores policy options for the United States in the event that North Korea takes concrete steps toward denuclearization or continues to expand its nuclear arsenal.

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