In today's political climate, alliances are increasingly being called into question. The United States has played an important role in the Asia Pacific in the last few decades. Our research in the region seeks to understand the extent to which the ties between the United States and its allies, and the ties between the non-US allies, will shape the future of the region. To get a better understanding of Australian, Japanese, and South Korean perspectives of the dynamics in the region, we are traveling to each country to meet with policymakers, academics, and area experts. At this point we have met dozens of people and heard a wide array of views; sometimes in agreement, more often conflicting. These conversations have underscored the complexity and interconnectedness of the many issues facing the region, and highlighted several key concerns.