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 U.S. and European approaches to the Asia-Pacific and on deepening cooperation between democratic Asia and the West.
Asia Program Initiatives
Since 2006, the Stockholm China Forum, led by Transatlantic Fellow Andrew Small and Program Assistant Sophie Dembinski, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Century, which features contributions by Dr. Daniel M. Kliman, Dr. Joshua W. Walker, and Dr. William Inboden of GMF.