West Asia or the Middle East routinely makes headlines due to a complicated array of security challenges. However, ASPI doesn’t view this or any region through a singular lens. The West Asian region has a vibrant history and influential political and economic ties across the Asia-Pacific, including with the United States. West Asia remains a vital source of energy and remittances for many countries across Asia, and its importance has grown as the challenges it faces increasingly involve other parts of the world. Through private roundtables, public discussions, policymaker briefings, and expert commentary, ASPI facilitates regional cooperation as well as greater dialogue and understanding between Middle Eastern countries and the Asia-Pacific region, including the United States.
NATO may not be the right model for the Middle East and Asia, but multilateralism is possible and necessary in both regions.
Jeffrey Kupfer, Bernard Schwartz Fellow with the Asia Society Policy Institute, looks at the strategic possibilities for Israel’s new domestic supplies of natural gas.
Former Iranian nuclear negotiator Hossein Mousavian and Asia Society’s Suzanne DiMaggio offered their views on the interim nuclear agreement between the P5+1 countries and Iran and on the prospects ahead for U.S.-Iran relations.
The interim nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations is facing domestic criticism in Iran and the United States. Continued political opposition to the agreement could complicate and even jeopardize future talks.
Myanmar offers lessons, writes Suzanne DiMaggio in the New York Times.