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Research Focus


The Project 2049 Institute conducts research and analysis in five areas critical to Asia's future:

1. Democracy and governance. Research examines the role of civil society, elections and political processes, rule of law, and anti-corruption activities in young democracies or countries in transition, and assesses the impact of democratic consolidation on security.

2. Alliances, coalitions and partnerships. Studies forecast risks and opportunities arising from established and nascent regional alliances, and analyze how pooling of resources and political capital might shift the regional balance of power.

3. Non-traditional security. Research examines regional impacts of terrorism/extremism, pandemic disease control, natural disasters, and environmental and energy security issues that are of increasing concern to security experts but remain relatively new to the field.

4. China studies. Studies assess the impact of China's rapid economic, social and military development on the Asia-Pacific security environment, and how neighboring countries and the United States are managing China's rise.

5. Asia and the world. Projects will examine Asia's interactions with countries and organizations outside the region to better understand future global dynamics.



The Project 2049 Institute has undertaken and undertakes the following programs in conjunction with and support from various organizations:

1. China's Military Development and the U.S.-Japan Alliance.

The Project 2049 Institute understands the critical role of the U.S.-Japan alliance in the evolving security environment in the Asia-Pacific region. Key among several trends is the accelerating development of the People’s Liberation Army’s programs and capabilities, which have expanded rapidly over the past two decades. As the intentions behind China's regional military activities and rapid build-up in capabilities remain ambiguous, the Project 2049 Institute launched a multi-city program to examine China's growing military power and its implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.

2. Japan's Global Engagement and U.S.-Japan Cooperation.

The Project 2049 Institute understands the pivotal role that Japan, the United States’ greatest ally, can play in the midst of the U.S. rebalance to Asia. With its unmatched contributions to international organizations, robust economy, and its dedication to democratic values and principles, Japan deserves further attention on the regional and international stages. In line with this conviction, “Japan’s Global Engagement and U.S.-Japan Cooperation” aims to promote a greater understanding of Japan’s foreign policy and its global role among U.S. and Japanese policymakers, experts, and future leaders. The project’s objectives are threefold: researching Japan’s international contributions and global presence; facilitating more opportunities for people-to-people exchanges; and generating a future-oriented vision and collaborative strategy in the U.S.-Japan alliance for both regional and international affairs. The Project 2049 Institute has completed this vital initiative made possible by the generous support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

3. Taiwan Visiting Scholars Program.

The Project 2049 Institute is committed to enhancing the dialogue between U.S. and Taiwanese policy-making circles on security issues related to greater Asia. The Project 2049 Institute launched an educational and intellectual exchange-based program for former practitioners in the government, and leaders in the non-government and private sectors from Taiwan to visit Washington for a two week exchange visit. The program centers around a series of meetings and roundtable discussions on current issues in U.S.-Taiwan relations.

4. Taiwan Exchange Program.

The Project 2049 Institute is committed to the mission of enhancing understanding between the United States and her partners and allies. Pursuant to this goal, the Institute holds annual dialogues between US and Taiwanese policy-making communities on security issues related to greater Asia. This educational and intellectual exchange-based program is designed for former and current practitioners in the government and leaders in the non-government and private sectors from Washington to visit Taiwan. The program centers around a series of meetings and roundtable discussions on current issues with Taiwanese officials, policymakers, and academics.

5. Party Watch Initative.

Through the regular monitoring of authoritative open source Chinese language materials, the Party Watch Initiative strives to provide the China-watching community with insights into Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime activities and viewpoints. The Initiative specializes in original analysis of regime-controlled publications to promote better understanding of Chinese domestic and foreign affairs. Its signature products include weekly, quarterly, and annual reports that track developments from the lens of Party institutions. Additionally, bimonthly feature articles offer timely analysis on topics of current interest.

6. Burma Transitions Initiative.

With the support from the Department of State’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), BTI continued implementing a project with our local Burmese partner, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), to establish a Burmese-led platform to support former political prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration in Burmese society. In September 2016, BTI received an additional grant from DRL to launch a new program supporting civil society in Burma. We are currently in the process of identifying local partners with whom we will implement this new project. We also were notified that our partnership with AAPP would continue to receive DRL support for an additional two years. With support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), BTI also continued its program to support Burmese-developed policy analysis, strategic policymaking and political coalition building among like-minded democratic actors. Project 2049’s work in Burma has given the organization an influential platform for networking among Burmese policy research institutions, policymakers, politicians, and political civil society. Both our existing and new projects include a component of outreach to political leaders among Burma’s ethnic nationalities, and work with them on planning, strategy and analysis. Recent programs include support for the first ever ethnic nationalities youth conference organized in Burma, and funding for a local think tank to do federalism training for ethnic women leaders.

To learn more about our research and programs or how you could support them, please e-mail [email protected]




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