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Strategic Asia Program

The Strategic Asia Program aims to strengthen and inform strategic and policy decisions by providing innovative research on challenges and opportunities for U.S. national interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

Forthcoming Volume

Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power
Ashley J. Tellis, Abraham M. Denmark, and Greg Chaffin, eds.

ISBN: 978-1-939131-34-8
Dec 2014

Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power examines the trajectories of U.S. alliance and partner relationships in the Indo-Pacific in light of the region’s shifting strategic landscape. Leading experts provide comprehensive assessments of the current state of the United States’ relations with its five treaty allies, as well as with emerging "strategic partners" in Asia, and draw implications for U.S. policy.

The Strategic Asia Program:

  • Offers an authoritative assessment of Asia’s evolving strategic environment
  • Looks forward five years, and in some cases beyond, to contemplate the future of the region
  • Maintains a record of data and analysis on trends in Asia’s changing strategic landscape

Guided by Research Director Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), this major ongoing research initiative publishes an annual edited volume and executive brief.

The Strategic Asia Program also maintains an online database focused on indicators of the changing balance of power in the region, provides an interactive mapping tool that tracks current Asian military developments, and organizes tailored briefings for a broad range of U.S. government agencies, policymakers, and leaders of industry to inform U.S. foreign policy toward the Asia-Pacific.


For further information, please contact:

Greg Chaffin
Project Associate, Political and Security Affairs

Research Director

Ashley J. Tellis
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Research Team

Linton Brooks
Independent Consultant

Christopher Clary
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gaurav Kampani
Norwegian Institute of Defense Studies;
Center for Security Studies;
RAND Corporation

Jacob Kipp
University of Kansas

Jeffrey Lewis
Monterey Institute of International Studies

John S. Park
Harvard Kennedy School

Mira Rapp-Hooper
Columbia University

Robert Reardon
Harvard Kennedy School

Richard J. Samuels
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James L. Schoff
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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