The lack of consensus within NATO on the Asia-Pacific companions has also hampered the Alliance’s ability to craft a strategic strategy to those partnerships, resulting in a largely tactical one as an alternative. The Alliance and its Asia-Pacific companions have additionally undertaken operational cooperation on points like piracy and the struggle in Afghanistan. NATO has made uneven progress, nevertheless, in deepening and additional growing the potential of its particular person relationships with these international locations, which have progressed largely on an ad-hoc foundation. The Alliance has additionally lacked a technique for harnessing the potential of the Asia-Pacific partners as a gaggle, as an alternative favoring a hub-and-spokes strategy. Just as Asia is crucial to America’s future, an engaged America is significant to Asia’s future.