Breakfast Briefing - US Alliances in Asia: Underway and Under Pressure

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With the mounting anxiety about Chinese coercion and North Korean nuclear weapons, the US is modernising and networking its key bilateral alliances in the Indo-Pacific. Public support for alliance relations in the United States, Japan, Australia and Korea is at an all-time high in public opinion polls, but so is uncertainty about U.S. intentions as President Trump demands higher burden sharing and threatens to withdraw US forces from overseas.

In Southeast Asia, the United States is struggling to sustain close security cooperation with treaty allies whose leaders are reversing democratic gains and across the region Chinese military modernisation and dual-use construction projects are complicating assumptions about security of sea lanes and access for US and allied forces.

In this briefing, Dr Green will assess the trajectory of US security strategy and alliance relations in the Indo-Pacific and the growing connection to Britain, NATO and Europe.



Speaker biography


Dr Michael J. Green is Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as Director for Asian Affairs with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, and then as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was a Senior Fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute and Assistant Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses and senior adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet.


Dr Green is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, a Distinguished Scholar at the Asia Pacific Institute in Tokyo and Professor by Special Appointment at Sophia University in Tokyo. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the America Australia Leadership Dialogue, the advisory boards of Radio Free Asia and the Center for a New American Security, and the editorial boards of the Washington Quarterly and the Journal of Unification Studies in Korea. He also serves as a trustee at the Asia Foundation, senior adviser at the Asia Group and associate of the US Intelligence Community. Dr Green has authored numerous books and articles on East Asian security, including most recently, By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (Columbia University Press, 2017).

These briefings are open to Major Corporate Level Members and above.


Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0800

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