1 June 2012


Xenia Wickett

Head, US and the Americas Programme; Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs


  • While the US is capable of addressing traditional threats to peace and security, it is not able to deal with the growing non-traditional security challenges that will affect the Asia-Pacific region (e.g. climate change, cyber and space security, pandemics, and water and food security).
  • Moreover, given new budget constraints, US military thinking, as well as that of Asian (and other) allies, needs to shift from a preoccupation with conventional military responses (and a fixation on troop numbers) to new and relatively uncharted areas of cooperative threat response (cyber threats and space security). 
  • Improvements in American military capability and effectiveness over the past decade allow more to be achieved with less, something not reflected in the relatively large US troop deployments in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Executive Summary in French was prepared for the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP), International Security Bureau of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.