The Task Force on Multilateral Engagement in US–East Asia Relations was convened by the Asia Society and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs to review the phenomenon of East Asian regionalism and to make policy-relevant suggestions for the Barack Obama administration to renew and deepen engagement between the United States and Asia on a multilateral basis.
The report was released ahead of the 2011 APEC Summit and the subsequent East Asia Summit, amid a surge of renewed US interest in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Task Force considered, in particular, the following questions:
- How has East Asian regionalism developed in recent years, and what are the implications for the United States and its strategic interests?
- What are the areas of highest priority for deepening U.S.–East Asian engagements
- on a multilateral basis and on global issues, including the financial and economic crisis, climate change, and security?
- Which policies and processes will be optimal for deepening exchange, engagement, and partnership between the United States and East Asia?
- Given that ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is currently a hub for East Asian regionalism, in what ways should the United States engage with ASEAN and its member countries?
The Task Force was co-chaired by Professor Emeritus Han Sung-Joo, Korea University, former South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the United States, and Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, former Ambassador to Singapore, China and Indonesia. SIIA Chairman Simon Tay and Asia Society Executive Director of Global Leadership Initiatives Michael G. Kulma were the project's co-directors.