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Time to double down on the Asia rebalance
Daniel M. Kliman, April 23, 2014
President Barack Obama’s Asia trip, which has started with a visit to Japan, will send an unmistakable signal: the United States remains committed to a region that has become the world’s economic
Why Obama Needs To Lean In On This Asia Trip
Daniel Twining, April 21, 2014
Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a wake-up call that we live in a dangerous world of great power revanchism and territorial conflict -- trends that are even more acute in Asia. Rather than "pivot" to a
China's Soil Pollution: It's Much Worse Than You Think
Minxin Pei, April 21, 2014
When the Chinese government completed its first national soil pollution survey in 2005, the findings were so alarming that Beijing promptly declared the data a "state secret."

About The Asia Program

The German Marshall Fund’s Asia  Program addresses the economic, foreign policy, and security implications of Asia's rise for the United States and Europe through research, publications, commentary, conferences, fellowships, study tours, and collaborations with other GMF programs. The Program’s initiatives include the Stockholm China Forum, India Trilateral Forum, the Global Swing States Project, the Young Strategists Forum, Trilateral Forum Tokyo, Transatlantic Workshop on Pakistan, and high-level conversations at GMF’s major conferences. The program also publishes independent analysis by more than 15 in-house experts on Asia and externally commissioned papers looking at American and European approaches to the Asia-Pacific and on deepening cooperation between democratic Asia and the West.

Exploring Emerging Domestic Drivers of Chinese Foreign Policy
Minxin Pei, April 14, 2014
This policy brief analyzes the emergence of some of the key domestic actors and forces that devise Chinese foreign policymaking.
Promising Partnerships: Emerging and Established Powers in the 21st CenturyThis policy paper set forth an innovative agenda for advancing cooperation between emerging and established powers.
Young Strategist Forum 2014
April 18, 2014
Tokyo, Japan
The third Young Strategists Forum (YSF) was held in Tokyo from January 31- Feb 4, 2014 in partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Workshop and Public Event on Domestics Drivers of Chinese Foreign Policy
April 15, 2014
Washington, D.C.
On March 14th, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) convened a day-long event examining various internal drivers of a China in transition.
Emerging Powers Policy Forum: Liane Saunders
December 17, 2013
In the fourth Emerging Powers Policy Forum, Liane Saunders, Foreign Policy Director and Afghanistan/Pakistan Coordinator at the UK National Security Secretariat, discuss security issues of interest to emerging and established powers.
Emerging Powers Policy Forum: Dr. Caro Cowan
November 14, 2013
In the third Emerging Powers Policy Forum, Dr. Caro Cowan, Director for Science and Innovation at the British Embassy in Brasilia, discuss "soft power" cooperation among emerging and established powers.

Asia Program Initiatives

Stockholm China Forum

Since 2006, the Stockholm China Forum, led by Transatlantic Fellow Andrew Small and Program Officer Amy Studdart, has been the premier transatlantic policy dialogue on China, bringing together policymakers, intellectuals, journalists, and businesspeople from Europe, the United States, and Asia for an ongoing and systematic dialogue to assess the impact of China's rise and its implications for European and U.S. foreign, economic, and security policy.

India Trilateral Forum

Led by Senior Fellow Daniel Twining and Transatlantic Fellow Dhruva Jaishankar, India Trilateral Forum is the only regular conversation between European, American, and Indian policymakers, intellectuals, journalists, and business representatives. The Forum, which began in 2010, is held twice a year to establish networks across diverse communities and sectors and facilitate cooperation and coordination through informal discussion.

Trilateral Forum Tokyo

GMF and the Tokyo Foundation partnered to establish Trilateral Forum Tokyo in 2012, motivated by a rapidly changing international system and the common challenges confronted by the United States, Europe, and Japan. The Forum addresses crosscutting issues such as the crisis of democratic governance, global financial instability, security dynamics, energy sustainability, innovation and competitiveness, and disaster relief.

Transatlantic Workshop on Pakistan

This project provides a venue for American and European officials and experts to share insights on developments in Pakistan and to enhance cooperation and policy coordination. The workshop also benefits from inputs from leading Pakistani experts and commentators and allows participants to discuss a wide range of issues, including terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation and security, civil-military relations, law and order, the state of the economy, and Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan and India.

Global Swing States

A joint project between the German Marshall Fund and the Center for a New American Security, the Global Swing States initiative focuses on whether four rising democratic powers—Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Turkey—will bolster the prevailing international order. Project activities have included working groups, research trips, and commissioned papers. The project released a major report and working paper series and held a number of events in Washington DC, Jakarta, New Delhi, Ankara, Brasilia, and several European capitals.

Internet Freedom

To investigate the complex questions related to the future of Internet freedom in emerging economies, GMF’s Asia Program convened workshops in Hyderabad (India) and Jakarta (Indonesia) in September and October of 2013. Discussions at these conferences, which featured participation from regional governments, the private sector, Internet activists, and members of the media - as well as U.S. and European experts and officials - will form the basis for a report to be released in early 2014.

Young Strategists Forum

The Young Strategists Forum - which involves seminars, simulations, and study tours - is motivated by the belief that in age of constrained resources and mounting international challenges, the United States, Europe, and other likeminded nations must develop a new generation of strategic thinkers.  The project is led by GMF Senior Advisor Daniel M. Kliman and Asia Program Coordinator Sharon Stirling-Woolsey, with Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Princeton Professor Dr. Aaron Friedberg serving as faculty. 

Emerging Powers Policy Forum

To chart a vision for 21st century partnerships between emerging and established power, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) launched the Emerging Powers Policy Forum in July 2013. This initiative has brought together emerging power diplomats in Washington, DC, along with relevant U.S. and U.K. officials, to discuss how to approach the key policy questions presented by the changing international landscape. Over the course of three meetings in the fall of 2013, participants from 15 governments addressed the following themes: rethinking economic diplomacy, addressing global security challenges, and reimagining people-to-people exchanges. These discussions have culminated in a volume, Promising Partnerships: Emerging and Established Powers in the 21st Centurywhich features contributions by Dr. Daniel M. Kliman, Dr. Joshua W. Walker, and Dr. William Inboden of GMF.

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