It began as a bilateral drill between the US and Thai armed forces. Thirty-six-years later, Cobra Gold has ballooned into the biggest multinational military gathering in the Asia Pacific region. This year, 29 countries took part – with almost half of the troops present being American. It was also the first drill since Donald Trump became US president, offering up a golden opportunity for his Asian allies to get an idea of America's future strategy for the region.
A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Ellen Gainsford and Florence Viala.
Lecturer in East Asian Warfare & Security, Department of War Studies, King's College London