In March 2009 GMF hosted a public debate with
Michito Tsuruoka, Resident Fellow (GMF-Tokyo Foundation Fellowship), The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Thierry Legendre, Policy Advisor, Private Office of the Secretary-General, NATO HQ
Ronald D. Asmus, Executive Director Transatlantic Center and Strategic Planning, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
In comparison with the United States, Europeans are often accused of lacking a strategic approach in Asia. But whether through the EU's recent East Asia policy guidelines, NATO's growing relationships with Asia-Pacific partners, or the EU's regional dialogues with the United States and Japan, the effort to develop strategic thinking both about the major Asian powers and about the region as a whole has been growing in recent years. As plans to take a more regional approach to Afghanistan take shape under the new Obama administration and the growth of some of Asia's major economies persists despite the economic crisis, the question looks set to take on ever greater urgency in the coming years.
GMF hosted a debate on how far Asia's relationship with Europe and the transatlantic community has come - and how far it still has to go. GMF Resident Fellow Michito Tsuruoka presented his perspective on the question, followed by a contribution from Thierry Legendre, Policy Advisor in the Private Office of the Secretary-General of NATO.