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Trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific dialogue: Alliances at crossroads

The second annual Brookings-Vrije Universiteit Brussel-Asan Institute conference

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Welcome remarks & Panel 1: Alliances in the age of “America First”

Welcome remarks & Panel 1: Alliances in the age of “America First”
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Panel 2: Alliances in the new normal of US-China rivalry
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Panel 2: Alliances in the new normal of US-China rivalry

Three years into the Trump administration’s “America First” approach to foreign policy, the president’s repeated criticisms of alliances, muddled messaging, and policy confusion have placed the trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific alliance systems under strain.

On October 29, scholars from the Brookings Institution, Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the Asan Institute discussed the impact of these policies on America’s allies and examine the shifting geopolitical dynamics. How do U.S. allies perceive the U.S. commitment to these decades-long relationships? How have European and East Asian countries adjusted their approaches to the United States and to their neighbors? As the deepening U.S.-China rivalry has developed into the new norm, how do our allies view their role in their respective regions and their security interests in this framework? What are the implications for regional security and cooperation?

The trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific dialogue provided strategic analysis of evolving alliance structures, delved into the future of U.S. relationships in Europe and the Asia Pacific, and examined the implications on regional conflict management, especially with respect to the Korean Peninsula.

Agenda

Welcome remarks

Choi Kang

Acting President, Vice President, and Principal Fellow - Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Alliances in the age of “America First”

Moderator

Choi Kang

Acting President, Vice President, and Principal Fellow - Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Alliances in the new normal of US-China rivalry

Lynn Kuok

Former Brookings Expert

Senior Research Fellow - University of Cambridge

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme - International Institute for Strategic Studies

Shin Beomchul

Director, Center for Security and Unification - Asan Institute for Policy Studies

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