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121) Conference on Security in East Asia - Washington, January 25, 2010

Announcing a new FPRI conference and webcast.

What Is It? Who Has It? How Is It Changing?

A Conference Sponsored By Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Reserve Officers Association

Date: Monday, January 25, 2010
Place: Reserve Officers Association
One Constitution Avenue NE
Washington, DC

What types of power matter, and who has how much of it, in East Asia today and in the future? Has U.S. hard and soft power declined at least relatively and what are the consequences of the U.S.’s continued focus on other issues and the agenda of the Obama administration?
What are the implications of China’s rising power and influence and its "charm offensive"? What do such developments portend for China’s cooperation and conflict with the U.S., Japan, and others? Where do Japan’s long-term economic troubles, long-debated constraints on its security role, a new government and a changing environment leave this major regional power? What are the consequences for smaller power, including Taiwan and Korea, of changes in their external environments?
What do domestic developments in these lesser power in their foreign relations mean for greater powers and relations among them?

To explore these questions, FPRI and ROA have invited leading experts in the field to participate in a day-long conference and webcast.

The conference is free for members of FPRI and ROA, and $30 for non-members.
The webcast is free.

For additional information and updates, see:

Or contact: Alan Luxenberg
Tel: (215) 732-3774 x105

All times Eastern Time Zone

8:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m. Panel 1: Rising China's Military and Economic Power and the Emerging East Asian Security Order; Paper: Robert Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College
Commentators: Jacques deLisle, Director, FPRI Asia Program; Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45 a.m. Panel 2: Japan in Asia: A Hard Case for Soft Power; Paper: Thomas Berger, Associate Professor of International Relations Boston University
Commentators: [TBA]

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Luncheon Address: U.S. Policy and the Region; Michael Green, Japan Chair - Center for Strategic and International Studies, Associate Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University

Introduction by Jacques deLisle, Director, FPRI Asia Program

2:15 p.m. Panel 3: Korea, Taiwan, and the Challenges for Smaller States
Paper: Status and Leadership on the Korean Peninsula; David Kang, Professor of International Relations and Business - University of Southern California
Paper: Suffering What They Must? Mongolia, Taiwan, and the Limits of Independence; Alan Wachman, Associate Professor of International Politics - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Commentators: Katy Oh Hassig, Senior Fellow, Institute of Defense Analyses; Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, Professor of History, Georgetown University

4:00 p.m Concluding remarks: Harvey Sicherman, President, FPRI

The conference will be webcast live.
To register for webcast only visit:

Foreign Policy Research Institute
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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