USAID's Strategic Approach to Advancing America's Vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Goal: In November 2017 in Vietnam, President Donald Trump laid out America’s vision for a free, open, and secure Indo-Pacific region in which all nations are independent, strong, and prosperous. The U.S. Government (USG) has defined the region as spanning from the west coast of the U.S. to the west coast of India, thereby encompassing East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia. The U.S. Government approach to advancing this vision consists of three pillars:

  • Governance Pillar: A free Indo-Pacific means nation states free from coercion—through strengthened regional architecture, protected sovereignty, and peaceful dispute resolution in accordance with international law—and that uphold fundamental human rights and democratic values essential to engendering free people.
  • Economic Pillar: An open Indo-Pacific means open trade and investment—marked by free, fair, and reciprocal trade and open, market-based investment environments—and open connectivity—including open sea lanes, airways, and cyberspace—to drive regional integration and economic growth.
  • Security Pillar: A secure Indo-Pacific means a flexible, resilient network of security partners that promote regional stability, advance maritime security, ensure freedom of navigation and overflight, and address shared threats such as transnational crime and terrorism.

USAID’s Strategic Approach

USAID is advancing the vision by supporting bilateral and regional efforts focused on three objectives: strengthen democratic systems, foster economic growth, and improve the management of natural resources.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 9:00am

Last updated: June 27, 2019