Forum on Asia-Pacific Security (FAPS)

Participants at an NCAFP conference with the Taiwan Affairs Office of the PRC State Council in New York City, June 2015.

Professor Donald S. Zagoria
Project Director

Rorry Daniels
Associate Project Director

Juliet Lee
Project Assistant

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.
  • 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.
  • Easing China-Japan Tensions:
    • 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 by bringing together American, Japanese and Chinese participants.

2014 SD CSTFAPS Project Director, Professor Donald S. Zagoria, moderates a session during a 2014 U.S.-China Strategic Dialogue in New York City.

Exchanges

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 Northeast Asian countries to explore current security issues.

Our events include:

  • Annual conferences on each of our six projects 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

2012 China EventA public event on U.S.-China relations in 2012.

An NCAFP delegation in Beijing in 2014. From L to R: Donald S. Zagoria, Rorry Daniels, John Fei, Ambassador Winston Lord, Ambassador Stapleton Roy, George D. Schwab, Ralph Cossa, Evans J.R. Revere, Gerald L. Curtis.

FAPS reports and publications are circulated to a robust list of policymakers from all sides.

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Mr. Evans J.R. Revere, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

There’s no other organization doing this, to my knowledge, and it makes the dialogue that you host all the more valuable."

Mr. Evans J.R. Revere, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger, President, Kissinger Associates; Former U.S. Secretary of State and Former National Security Advisor

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."

The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger, President, Kissinger Associates; Former U.S. Secretary of State and Former National Security Advisor
Ambassador Wi Sung-lac, Former Chief Negotiator on the North Korean Nuclear Issue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea

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."

Ambassador Wi Sung-lac, Former Chief Negotiator on the North Korean Nuclear Issue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea
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