Dr Dan Twining
Presented by Dr Dan Twining, Senior Fellow for Asia, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Conflict in the South and East China Seas could be a harbinger of a more fractured, conflict-prone region. Yet while Asia’s future is often posited as a strategic competition between the United States and China, regional dynamics in many respects will hinge on the choices taken by Asia’s other great and middle powers, including India, Japan, and Australia. These nations are building strategic ties with each other even as they enhance relations with Washington and pursue constructive ties with Beijing. Indeed, the Asia-Pacific’s successful democracies, from India to Australia to Indonesia to South Korea, are not only valuable security partners for America but are themselves agents of the rules and norms that underpin regional peace. As the liberal order in the world economy’s Indo-Pacific heartland increasingly comes under challenge, including from China’s maritime expansionism, Asia-Pacific powers can work more closely with each other and the United States to safeguard regional stability on the basis not only of shared interests but of common values. Rather than isolating China, such cooperation is likely to influence China’s own internal development in a more open and pluralistic direction, enhancing regional peace and creating a more durable foundation for shared prosperity.
Daniel Twining is director and senior fellow for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he leads a 15-member team working on the rise of Asia and its implications for the West through a program of convening and research spanning East, Southeast, and South Asia. Initiatives of GMF’s Asia program include the Stockholm China Forum, India Trilateral Forum, Trilateral Forum Tokyo, Japan Trilateral Forum, Southeast Asia Trilateral Forum, Young Strategists Forum, Transatlantic Pakistan Workshops, and occasional study tours to Asia, as well as major research initiatives on China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the impact of rising powers on the liberal order.
When: Monday, September 26, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (light refreshments from 12:00noon)
Where: Griffith South Bank Graduate Centre (S07_1.23) Lecture Theatre, Sidon Street, South Bank
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