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New Research Division Publication : NATO and Asia-Pacific

  • 31 Mar. 2016
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  • Last updated: 21 Jan. 2024 12:55

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.

Forum Paper 25

Dear Reader,
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

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