On May 31, 2015, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in partnership with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, convened a high-level roundtable “Asia, the West, and the Changing International Order”, following the conclusion of the 2015 Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore.
The session brought together a select subgroup of around 60 delegates from Europe, Asia, and the United States with an aim to deepen the transatlantic – and particularly European – dimension of the debate on global security issues in Asia. Delegates engaged in an off-the-record, free flowing discussion on several critical issues: China’s land reclamation projects in the South China Sea, infrastructure needs in Asia, ISIS and the threat of religious extremism, and global leadership in today’s changing international order. The discussions also explored some of the common strategic concerns of the U.S., EU, and Asian countries in the Middle East.
Participants included former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, former CIA Director General David Petraeus, IISS Chief Executive John Chipman, Tokyo Foundation Senior Fellow Akiko Fukushima, National Intelligence Council Chairman Gregory Treverton, World Economic Forum Managing Director Espen Barth Eide, and Foundation for Strategic Research (France) Director Camille Grand. They also included other representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Commission, and NATO, along with participants from several Asian countries.