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Regional and International Relations

Asia faces many non-traditional security challenges at the subnational level which are closely linked to domestic economic and political issues in different countries, but which have ramifications beyond borders: from environmental degradation, natural disasters, and trafficking-in-persons to maritime security, ethnic and religious conflict, and failed systems of governance. Our international cooperation programs help strengthen relations among Asian nations in an effort to foster peace, stability, prosperity, and effective governance.


  • Increased multi-country cooperation on critical regional and international issues
  • Increased US-Asia understanding and cooperation in international affairs
  • Improved understanding, accountability, and performance in Asian aid and overseas investment
  • Increased foreign policy capacity in select Asian and Pacific countries

Asian Views on America's Role in Asia

Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia is a quadrennial Asia Foundation project that promotes U.S.-Asian dialogue and formulates specific recommendations on U.S. policy towards Asia. The recommendations reflect the view that if solutions to common problems are to be found, perspectives from both sides of the Pacific need to be heard and shared. In contrast to the majority of Asia policy studies in the U.S., which limit their inquiry to American views, the Foundation’s project emphasizes Asian views.

Indonesian maritime strategy in the 21st century

Located strategically at the global nexus of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic country, sharing maritime borders with 10 countries. With these vast waters of strategic importance, the questions of risks, threats, and security are at the heart of Indonesian policy. Indonesia is now undertaking initiatives to emerge as a regional maritime power. Against this backdrop, President Joko Widodo has developed an ambitious vision of transforming Indonesia into a Global Maritime Fulcrum. This policy encompasses five key aspects: maritime culture; marine resources; connectivity; maritime diplomacy; and naval development.

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