Asia has long been critically important to U.S. strategic and economic interests. A rising India and China, Asia’s growing weight in the global economy, and persisting challenges to regional stability and security only enhance the Asia-Pacific importance.
The Obama administration has recognized the region’s global role and has declared an intent to strategically refocus toward the Asia-Pacific, elevating a series of critical decisions for Congress on U.S. trade policy, economic, and defense, among other issues.
Given the growing importance of Asia to U.S. objectives overseas, it is vitally important for policymakers to understand the transformations underway in Asia and the implications for American strategic, economic, and diplomatic interests.
To better inform these important debates, the Engaging Asia initiative convenes government and academic experts from the United States and Asia to provide analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement with the region.