A Rebalanced transatlantic policy toward the asia-pacific region

A Rebalanced transatlantic policy toward the asia-pacific region

Heather A. Conley,  James Mina, and Phuong Nguyen

The United States and the European Union share similar interests and objectives in the Asia Pacific. Yet despite these shared goals, both powers have pursued independent – and at times competitive – policies in the region, which have on occasion hindered the realization of mutual strategic interests. As the United States and European Union deepen their engagement with the region and with key decisions looming on the horizon (notably regarding granting China market economy status and the Arbitral Tribunal’s ruling on territorial claims in the South China Sea), how can the transatlantic relationship be used more effectively to accelerate the region’s economic development, ensure the application of robust economic standards, strengthen the region’s institutional architecture, and uphold international legal principles?

In 2014, the CSIS Europe and Southeast Asia Programs embarked on a two-year initiative to enhance transatlantic Asia-Pacific policy coordination and understanding. This report is the culmination of this two-year study and presents the findings of the research while also offering actionable recommendations for U.S. and EU policymakers.

As always, we welcome your comments and feedback. You can write to us at europeprogram@csis.org

This report was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.



The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1962 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It seeks to advance global security and prosperity by providing strategic insights and policy solutions to decisionmakers.

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