New Research Division Publication : NATO and Asia-Pacific
Forum Paper 25: "NATO and Asia-Pacific", by Robert Ayson, Allan du Toit, Stephan Frühling, Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, Yee-Kuang Heng, Geunwook Lee, Christina Lin, Mohan Malik, Alexander Moens, Heidi Reisinger, Christopher Schnaubelt, Philip Shetler-Jones, Brooke A. Smith-Windsor, Stéfanie von Hlatky, Tsuneo ‘Nabe’ Watanabe and Mark Webber.
Foreword by Rear Admiral Allan du Toit, Royal Australian Navy, Australian Military Representative to NATO, 2013-2015.
Edited by Alexander Moens and Brooke A. Smith-Windsor.
In late 2014, when Europe’s security discourse was consumed with Russian aggression in Ukraine, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General reminded the international community of the Atlantic Alliance’s sustained interests in a region farther afield: Asia-Pacific. “NATO is committed to long-term engagement … with all of Asia, to making that engagement both political and practical ... By working together and forging a common understanding of where our interests coincide, we can shape decision-making, maximize our influence in world affairs, and promote the international rules-based order that has served our nations and our peoples so very well for such a very long time” (Seoul, October 2014). Giving political and practical substance to NATO’s Asia-Pacific partnerships is the subject of this latest NDC Forum Paper.
Edited by two Canadian analysts, with original contributions from a group of Euro-Atlantic and Asia-Pacific scholars, it explores the implications for the Alliance of America’s so-called ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalance’ to a region already home to the globe’s fastest growing defense budgets, nuclear proliferation, and increasingly contested commons.
Jeffrey A. Larsen, PhD, Division Head Research