Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific

The Pacific Forum program on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific is organized around its membership in the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). Formed in 1993, CSCAP promotes regional security through dialogue and collaborative study group projects focusing on policy issues related to security issues of common concern among its 20 member committees (Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, North Korea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam). Pacific Forum serves as the secretariat for the US CSCAP member committee. The network of officials, media, military, and academic representatives that make up the membership of CSCAP provides Pacific Forum with an opportunity to influence attitudes and debate in the region on a range of foreign policy issues. We believe it also assists more broadly in the effort to ensure the US remains actively engaged in Asian regional processes.

Previous projects in the Security Cooperation program have covered a wide range of issues such as regional security architecture, confidence building measures, preventive diplomacy, climate change, energy security, maritime security, cybersecurity, and nonproliferation. In 2014, Pacific Forum organized three workshops on Maritime Security – two in Honolulu that focused on marine environment protection and one in Manila that focused on the UN Convention on the Law of the SEA (UNCLOS). Other events organized in 2014 include a USCSCAP meeting in Washington DC and a CSCAP Study Group meeting on countering proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in Tokyo. We also represented USCSCAP in two CSCAP Steering Committee Meetings (in Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi) and other study groups and workshops related to security cooperation in the Asia Pacific.