On 25 June, RUSI collaborated on a forum analysing the US strategic 'rebalance' towards the Asia-Pacific region - particularly as seen from trans-Atlantic perspectives. RUSI partnered with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the Paris-based Center for International Studies and Research (CERI) to present a conference hosted by the CERI at Sciences Po Paris.
RUSI's Michael Codner moderated the first panel, concentrating on the goals and evolution of the policy with specific attention to its military, diplomatic, and economic implications. RUSI Senior Visiting Fellow Dr. Joanna Spear spoke on the same panel, focusing on the military dimension of the policy and arguing its relatively minor and even transitory nature - a conclusion debated in illuminating ways by some US panelists.
This tenth annual Paris-based conference on security issues where RUSI has worked with AUSA also highlighted other significant issues including perceptions and reactions from regional actors in Asia and European views. Beyond the scholars present, the conference had significant attendance from policy makers and executors on both sides of the Atlantic, including on the military side the three top-ranking US Army generals in Europe, as well as from the French Ministry of Defense and their Joint Staff.