INSA Asia-Pacific Task Force releases first interim report on strategic trends in the region

INSA logo 112As the United States executes a “whole of government” pivot to the Asia-Pacific region, it faces a variety of challenges to its foreign policy and national security goals, according to a new interim report by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s Asia-Pacific Task Force released on January 9.

This interim report – the first released by the Asia-Pacific Task Force – focuses on state policies, pursuits, relationships and rivalries among some of the key nation-states in the region, including China, India, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea. The trends and issues identified in this paper will be incorporated into a more comprehensive white paper on the Asia-Pacific region to be released later this year.

“U.S. relationships with Asia-Pacific nations are impacted by direct action and dialogue, as well as by how those nations engage their allies and rivals. This makes the Asia-Pacific region particularly challenging for the U.S. to promote its economic, diplomatic and military objectives. This paper assesses the principal multilateral dynamics at play and provides a solid baseline for our forthcoming white paper,” said INSA Senior National Security Advisor Ambassador Robert Joseph, chair of the Asia-Pacific Task Force.

Established in 2013, the INSA Asia-Pacific Task Force seeks to identify the main challenges and opportunities for advancing U.S. national security goals in the region in the context of defense, diplomacy, economics and intelligence. The Task Force is working on a second interim report on defense trends as well as the final, comprehensive white paper planned for release in 2015.

Source: INSA