GMF’s Asia Program pursues the dual goals of developing common U.S.-European approaches to challenges emanating from Asia and building closer U.S.-Europe-Asia partnerships to strengthen the liberal international order at a time when it is increasingly contested. The program accomplishes these goals through research, commentary, conferences, and publications. Covering an expansive area — from the Hindu Kush to the Pacific — the program has region-wide projects as well as long-standing, signature initiatives related to China, India, and Japan.
GMF is expanding its transatlantic Asia work by focusing the attention of Asia influencers and watchers in the U.S. and Europe on the developing Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy. This is done by bringing together like-minded powers — Japan, the U.S., Europe, and other Indo-Pacific democracies — to discuss the outlines of a political, economic, and military strategy that can achieve a cooperative, open, and free Indo-Pacific region and to increase scholarship in the region that helps to illuminate both the challenges and opportunities in pursuing that goal.
The Asia Program’s fellows and staff manage an active set of policy programs, conduct in-depth research, and frequently contribute articles and commentary to a wide range of publications and news outlets both in the United States and internationally.
Stockholm China Forum
Over the last decade, the Stockholm China Forum has become the leading transatlantic dialogue on China. The Forum was established in cooperation with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and brings together senior European and American representatives from government, the media, business, and academia together with some of the top strategic thinkers from China on a biannual basis for a highly interactive conversation on a wide spectrum of economic, foreign policy, and security issues. The Stockholm China Forum relies on a loyal group of core participants who maintain a continuously evolving dialogue over time and allow for an exceptionally frank exchange. At the same time, the Forum is consistently refreshed with new and emerging voices on the growing range of topics pertaining to the transatlantic China conversation.
India Trilateral Forum
India Trilateral Forum is the leading dialogue between Americans, Europeans, and Indians involved in influencing, crafting, and implementing national and foreign policies. Europe, India, and the United States are the three largest democratic polities, but there are no sustained venues for trilateral policy-relevant dialogue. Since 2010, GMF has filled this void by convening biannually for an intimate conversation on shared strategic, political, and economic objectives as well as the implications of India’s rise for the global order. ITF has helped to promote a shared policy agenda; built extensive networks; fostered a transatlantic India policy community; and advanced a common understanding of strategic priorities and challenges. Senior Indian leaders of cabinet rank have participated in the Forum.
Trilateral Forum Tokyo
Motivated by a rapidly changing international system and a shared set of challenges among the United States, Europe, and Japan, GMF partnered with the Tokyo Foundation to establish Trilateral Forum Tokyo in 2012. The Forum was established with the explicit purpose of bringing together policymakers, intellectuals, journalists, and business leaders from Japan, Europe, and the United States for systematic dialogue on topics of mutual interest and concern. The Forum also aims to build networks, deepen channels of communication, and facilitate cooperation among participants.
Japan Trilateral Forum
Japan Trilateral Forum, Brussels, fosters the development of the Japan-Europe relationship. Japan and Europe share a commitment to democratic values, economic stability, and a rules-based global order. Over the last few years, Japan-Europe cooperation has made numerous in-roads, including at the 25th EU-Japan Summit where the two sides signed a historic Economic Partnership Agreement and Strategic Partnership Agreement. As Japan and Europe adjust to changing strategic and economic realities, the scope for cooperation between the two sides will continue to broaden. In a world of increasing multi-polarity and diminishing resources, amid an uncertain global order, Japan Trilateral Forum, Brussels, brings together policymakers, intellectuals, journalists, and business leaders from Japan, Europe, and the United States to build networks and discuss an ambitious agenda for cooperation.
Young Strategists Forum
The Young Strategists Forum seeks to develop a new generation of strategic thinkers for an age of constrained resources and mounting international challenges. Since the inaugural Young Strategists Forum, held in Japan in March 2012, GMF has built a vibrant program centered on the U.S.-Japan alliance and security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific. The annual Forum involves a seminar on Asian geopolitics, a 36-hour simulation exercise, meetings with policymakers, diplomats, senior journalists and leading academics in Tokyo, and finally a study tour to a military facility. The program, held once a year in Tokyo, cultivates a new generation of strategic thinkers and gives participants a high-level perspective on the U.S.-Japan alliance and its role in the Asia-Pacific region. Participants are selected through a competitive process, open to emerging leaders — academics, journalists, policymakers, politicians, business professionals, and military officers — between the ages of 25 and 40, from the United States, Europe, Japan, and other like-minded Asian countries.