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Developing a Transatlantic Strategy to Strengthen Southeast Asian Cooperation

July 29, 2015 • 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT

While U.S. and European experts frequently discuss the policy implications of America’s “rebalancing” toward the Asia-Pacific region, little attention is given to how the transatlantic relationship can be used more effectively to promote stronger regional cooperation and strengthen the region’s institutional architecture, particularly within ASEAN.  As EU High Representative Federica Mogherini recently noted, “From trade to security, from climate change to the rule of law, we have a deep cooperation …and we are supporting ASEAN integration. Deepening and broadening our relation with ASEAN is key for the EU’s Asia strategy.” Given the EU's strong economic and security interest in Asia, Brussels has stepped up its engagement with the region, and the EU has doubled its aid to support ASEAN integration. Additionally, a newly-appointed EU Ambassador to ASEAN will arrive in September 2015.  While the regional interests of the U.S. and EU largely converge, they are also complementary. Therefore, at a time of great political, economic and security dynamism in the Asia-Pacific, this panel discussion will explore ways in which the European Union and the United States can work jointly to reinforce Southeast Asia’s institutional and conflict prevention architecture. Made possible by the generous support of the EU Delegation, this event is part of ongoing CSIS research which examines ways to enhance and deepen U.S. –EU engagement in the Asia-Pacific Region and raise greater public awareness about transatlantic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.


Ambassador David O'Sullivan
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh
Ambassador of Vietnam to the United States

Dr. Amy Searight
Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Southeast Asia, U.S. Department of Defense

Mr. Michael H. Fuchs
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Peter Potman
Director of Asia and Oceania, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Moderated by

Ms. Heather A. Conley
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic
Director, CSIS Europe Program