Forum on Asia-Pacific Security (FAPS)
Participants of an NCAFP US-China-Republic of Korea Emerging Leaders dialogue in New York City, 2019.
Susan A. Thornton
Donald S. Zagoria
Project Director Emeritus
The Forum on Asia-Pacific Security (FAPS) is dedicated to building peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific, one of the most geopolitically and economically important regions in the world. FAPS runs Track I ½ and Track II dialogues with some of the region’s most influential officials and policy experts on key security issues.
Our Focus Areas:
- U.S.-China Relations:
- U.S.-China relations remains the single most consequential relationship in the region. There are pressures for both cooperation and competition, and our strategic dialogue gives American and Chinese experts and officials the opportunity to address these issues.
- Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations:
- We regularly bring in participants from the Mainland, Taiwan and the United States to expand areas of cooperation and minimize the possibilities for mistrust and potential conflict.
- Denuclearizing North Korea:
- The North Korean nuclear issue remains a barrier to long-term regional stability. The purpose of this dialogue is to explore and build support for a cooperative, multilateral means of ensuring a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
- Sustaining Peace in the Indo-Pacific:
- The major powers of the region have identified cooperation with Southeast Asia as a strategic goal, detailing separate plans to assist with development and security assistance. Our work on Southeast Asia focuses on opportunities and challenges for balancing integration, sovereignty, deterrence and cooperation in multilateral and regional formats.
- Regional Cooperation:
- Scholars and officials from the United States, Japan, China and South Korea come together once a year for this Track I ½ dialogue to promote quadrilateral cooperation among the region’s powers.
- Trilateral Northeast Asia Dialogue:
- Recently, relations between Japan and China have been progressing slowly towards a restoration of trust between the two governments. Our trilateral dialogue aims to continue that upward trend towards the restoration of trust between the two governments by bringing together American, Japanese and Chinese participants.
- The Future of U.S. Alliances
- U.S. alliances in East Asia are under stress due to the complex challenges and opportunities in China's rise, as well as domestic political pressure in the United States, South Korea and Japan. Our trilateral US-Japan-ROK conference focuses on stabilizing alliance relations and finding a common future-oriented vision of regional peace and prosperity.
FAPS Project Director, Susan A. Thornton, offers insight at a debriefing session following the NCAFP's Asia trip in New York City, December 2019.
Our work is accomplished through a variety of exchanges, all with the goal of stimulating productive dialogue on security issues in the Asia-Pacific. FAPS is unique in regularly assembling influential policy analysts from the major East Asian countries to explore current security issues.
Our events include:
- Annual conferences on each of our focus areas attended by officials, former officials, and area experts
- Private roundtable discussions with visiting delegations
- Panel discussions and public lectures that bring together the New York policy community for presentations and receptions
FAPS Director Susan A. Thornton hosts the public launch of the NCAFP's report on US-Japan-ROK strategic relations and discusses the policy recommendations put forth by the NCAFP's Emerging Leaders Working Group via Zoom in January 2021.
NCAFP President & CEO Ambassador Susan M. Elliott and FAPS Project Director Susan A. Thornton speak at the George H. W. Bush Conference on U.S.-China Relations in Houston, Texas in October 2019
FAPS reports and publications are circulated to a robust list of policymakers from all sides.
There’s no other organization doing this, to my knowledge, and it makes the dialogue that you host all the more valuable."
Thank you for sending me a copy of the U.S.-China Strategic Dialogue report, which I read with interest and substantial concurrence. At this crucial juncture in the bilateral relationship, it is good to know the NCAFP is engaging this sector of the Chinese policy and security-affairs community in meaningful dialogue."
Our government is well aware of the critical role that the NCAFP has played in the past and I am in favor of Track II talks. It has been a privilege and an honor to be a part of those meetings. Whenever there are glitches in the dialogue with the DPRK, NCAFP Track II meetings can figure out a way to make a breakthrough."