About the Project 2049 Institute

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009 by Project2049Institute

The Asia-Pacific region has the potential to reach an unprecedented level of prosperity, freedom, and stability in the next half-century. In recent decades, the emergence of vibrant democracies in Taiwan and South Korea, China’s rapid economic rise, and Japan’s leadership on issues ranging from technology to international development have helped Asia reach new levels of global engagement and improve living standards for millions. But the region faces uncertainties as well. Fluctuating economies, a deepening divide between the urban wealthy and rural poor, worsening environmental threats, shifting military capacities, and the specter of terrorism are among the factors that could influence regional stability in the near future.

The Project 2049 Institute, established in January 2008, seeks to guide decision makers toward a more secure Asia by the century’s mid-point. The organization fills a gap in the public policy realm through forward-looking, region-specific research on alternative security and policy solutions. Its interdisciplinary approach draws on rigorous analysis of socioeconomic, governance, military, environmental, technological and political trends, and input from key players in the region, with an eye toward educating the public and informing policy debate.

The Project 2049 Institute also provides tailored studies for sponsors with an interest in long-range strategic forecasting. Institute staff are committed to carrying out research activities that meet both U.S. and Asian partner needs for policy change, and public and media engagement.

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