Recent events, such as tensions with North Korea and Vice-President Pence’s visit to the region, confirm that that United States has not forgotten about Asia. But the key question is: does the Trump Administration have a strategy, or is it just reacting to events? There remains uncertainty about how Washington will deal with deep strategic challenges, such as China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.

In this public seminar, prominent US security experts David B. Shear and Dr Zack Cooper, offered their assessments of the region’s chief strategic problems and what the US can and should do. This included insights from new research by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Chinese maritime coercion and how it can be countered.

The United States Studies Centre's Alliance 21 Program partnered with the National Security College at the Australian National University for this event.