By any measure, the strategic and economic importance of the Asia-Pacific region to the global community has grown significantly in recent years. Yet, relations between two of the region’s critical players, China and the United States, remain challenging. Potential flashpoints between the two nations and among neighboring countries in the region abound. Tensions and hotspot issues include everything from China-U.S. trade frictions to instability on the Korean Peninsula; from Indo-Pakistan nuclear tensions to ambivalence over the Belt and Road Initiative; and from maritime territorial disputes in Southeast Asia to existential environmental threats for island nations in Oceania. In addressing these concerns, China and the United States share one of the most strategically important relationships in the world and must work together with other key players in the Asia-Pacific region to address challenges to regional and global security.

Since 2006, EWI’s Asia-Pacific program has created opportunities for constructive, high-level dialogues that engage key U.S. and regional stakeholders from the government, business and military sectors to address security issues and enhance risk assessment and crisis management. We have strengthened trust and developed original policy ideas, which are receiving attention in Washington, Beijing and Tokyo.



In 2018, EWI’s Asia-Pacific program launched the following new initiatives to enlarge our network and influence in anticipation of emerging opportunities and challenges.


EWI is proud to announce the creation of a database and webpage dedicated to exploring the implications of China’s Belt and Road (BRI) for countries in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Oceania. Analyses and timelines posted on the webpage will be based off a comprehensive database that focuses on the terms and logistics of each specific BRI project. Both will be updated regularly to map the transformative role of the BRI in the Asia-Pacific region and world.


With growing tensions between China and the United States over trade and tariffs, EWI initiated a new series of roundtables in collaboration with Red Bison. As part of this process, Admiral William A. Owens and EWI leadership have convened a select group of 25 high-level public and private stakeholders on U.S.-China political and trade relations. This series of seminars seeks to develop innovative ideas and solutions that will impact long-term U.S. strategic planning in the Asia-Pacific region.


EWI’s Asia-Pacific Fellows Network includes established and emerging experts from diverse backgrounds and fields covering nearly 20 countries from the regions of Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Oceania. EWI intends to continue expanding this network to give experts from the broader Asia-Pacific region a wider platform for engaging the international community through their publications and interactions with EWI.


Given the incongruous nature of South Asia and its diplomatic and strategic significance, collective efforts to generate sustainable solutions to the region’s long-standing differences remain untapped. EWI’s South Asia initiative focuses on bringing attention to the opportunities and challenges that define the region. In doing so, it seeks to engage key stakeholders in a series of specially-designed dialogues to yield critical insights for innovative policy solutions and to reshape the region into a more cohesive and intelligible whole.


EWI’s U.S.-China High-Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue (P2P) is the only U.S.-China dialogue process involving sitting officials from the Communist Party of China and the U.S. Democratic and Republican National Committees. Launched in 2010, the dialogue builds trust and understanding among political leaders from the U.S. and China through an exchange of views on domestic governance and foreign policy issues. LATEST REPORT

Since 2008, the U.S.-China Sanya Initiative has regularly assembled retired U.S. and Chinese four-star generals and admirals to build greater military-to-military understanding between the two countries and to mitigate the chance of escalation and miscalculation. Delegations have discussed a wide spectrum of strategic security issues, including North Korea, maritime issues in the South and East China Seas, China’s military reform and counterterrorism. LATEST REPORT

Launched in 2017 and building on EWI’s track record in organizing Track 2 dialogues, the U.S.-Japan Military-to-Military Dialogue is a key piece within ongoing efforts to integrate more players from the Asia-Pacific region into our programming and outreach. These dialogues have facilitated exchange among four-star generals and admirals from the Japanese and U.S. militaries on issues of critical concern to both countries. It will seek to broaden this exchange to include India, and eventually China, to discuss the evolution of the concept of the Indo-Pacific. LATEST REPORT