Griffith Asia Institute Research Seminar: Is this our best course to steer?: A Rules-based Order weighs anchor in the South China Sea

Griffith Asia Institute Research Seminar: Is this our best course to steer?: A Rules-based Order weighs anchor in the South China Sea
Griffith Asia Institute Research Seminar: Is this our best course to steer?: A Rules-based Order weighs anchor in the South China Sea

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Dr Peter Layton

Presented by: Visiting Fellow Peter Layton, Griffith Asia Institute

China's new found assertiveness since 2009 has been matched by a surge by America and its allies to embrace the notion of a rules-based order.  Australia's Defence White Papers are an example: the 2009 edition had 11 mentions while the 2016 paper had 48 (and a further 16 of 'rules' alone).  This rapid adoption is driven by the belief that a rules-based order can shape China’s rise in a non-threatening way that will avoid armed conflict albeit in its contemporary form, the order incorporates balancing.  The first major challenge to this notion is underway in the South China Sea where China is engaging in some 21st Century forms of the oldest game of states, that of territorial expansion. The South China Sea dispute, while in itself only of limited concern, is a good case with which to consider the usefulness of a rules-based order in managing China's rise or if some other type of order might be more appropriate.   

Peter Layton is a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University. He has a doctorate from UNSW on grand strategy and has taught on the topic at the Eisenhower College, NDU, Washington DC. He also has extensive experience in the Australian Defence Force over more than 35 years. For his academic work he was awarded a Fellowship to the European University Institute in Italy. For his work at the Pentagon, he was awarded the US Secretary of Defense's Exceptional Public Service Medal. Peter Layton has published in areas of grand strategy, security, defence policy and defence acquisition.

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