The ASI project launched its website successfully in May 2009. A central focus of the Project has been on conducting research seminars and workshops around the region, including at Peking University in Beijing in May 2011. However, the Project has also focused heavily on delivering research outputs and publicising these results. To this end, the Project has engaged in numerous media and policy-advice activities.
The project was featured in a press release by the ANU's Media Office in May 2009 and in the Australian Financial Review in June 2009. It was also the topic of a feature article in the ANU Reporter in May 2010, which was distributed through the Canberra Times as well as within the ANU campus. Professors William Tow and John Ravenhill have both contributed to the MacArthur ASI blogsite and have also written op-ed articles for the Canberra Times and the East Asia Forum.
In November 2011, four Project members – Professors Tow and Ravenhill, Associate Professor Brendan Taylor, and Dr David Envall – visited the United States to present some of the key findings that emerged from the Project's seminars and workshops. The members gave workshops at Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, the National Defense University, the East-West Center, and American University.
More information on the Project's research, workshops, seminars and other activities can be found under News.
A key component of the ANU-MASI Project are the four Focus Groups. Guided by Focus Group leaders, these Groups examine the Project's major research focus areas under the broad theme of "Policy alternatives for integrating bilateral and multilateral regional security appraoches in the Asia Pacific." These are: (1) the bilateral-multilateral security nexus in Asia; (2) alliance initiatives on security in the region; (3) the intersection of economics and security; and (4) arms control and nuclear non-proliferation.
Over the course of the Project, the Focus Groups have held three major workshop meetings – at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, in March and November 2010, and at Peking University, China, in May 2011. As part of these workshops, the Project produced reserach Progress Reports outlining the major themes, sub-areas of research, and points of debate that emerged during discussions.
More information on these reports can be found under Progress Reports.
Other members of the Project's Focus Groups have also been active. Professor Rikki Kersten of Focus Group 1 has contributed op-ed pieces to the Canberra Times, while Dr Brendan Taylor has published articles in various peer-reviewed academic journals. Together with Dr David Capie, he published an article on "track two" multilateral politics in Asia that appeared in the Pacific Review (vol. 26, no. 3, July 2010). In 2011 he has published a piece on Japan's role in America's Asian strategy in the coming decades in Review of International Affairs (vol. 87, no. 4, 2011).
Links to these publications along with the full range of research outcomes from the Project's four Focus Groups can be found under Academic Output.
In August 2011, the Project launched the ANU–MASI Policy Background Paper series. The intention of this series has been to bring the research activities and findings of the Project not only to a wider audience but also in a policy-oriented style.
Each paper aims to give readers a concise background analysis of key issues driving security developments in the Asian region today. Delivered electronically to important thinkers in government, academia and policy-making institutions, and posted on the ANU–MASI website, the papers cover such topical subjects as alliance politics between the US and Japan, energy security, maritime disputes and the role played by other sub-regional defence arrangements.
The policy papers are available for download in PDF format from the Policy Papers section.