Regional Order-Building in the Asia-Pacific: An Australian Perspective


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Asia Pacific Security Seminar

When: Apr 13 2011 (All day)
Where: Washigton, DC: East-West Center in Washington, Sixth Floor Conference Room


Professor William T. Tow
Professor of the Department of International Relations, The Australian National University

Recent events in Japan have understandably focused international attention on the importance 'non-traditional security' contingencies and planning in the Asian region. However, over the longer-term, peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific will be shaped primarily by the success of the great powers and other countries in that part of the world in identifying and negotiating mutually acceptable frameworks for regional security. Different approaches to order-building are contending for predominance in the region but none have yet generated sufficient consensus to overcome traditional state-centric rivalries that are, in turn, fuelling power-balancing and potential hegemonic competition. Australia has been at the forefront of the region's order-building debate, and Professor William T. Tow will give an assessment of the current Australian perceptions and policies on this issue.

Wednesday, April 13
12:00 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
Lunch will be served.

East-West Center in Washington
1819 L Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, Sixth Floor Conference Room*
This event is free and open to the public.

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William T. Tow is a professor in the department of international relations at The Australian National University. Professor Tow's research interests include alliance politics, US security policy in the Asia-Pacific, security politics in the Asia-Pacific, and Australian security policies. He has written widely, and his key publications include Security Politics in the Asia-Pacific: A Regional–Global Nexus? (Editor, Cambridge University Press, 2009), ASEAN–India–Australia: Towards Closer Engagement in a New Asia (Co-editor, ISEAS, 2009), and Tangled Webs: Security Architectures in Asia (Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2008). He has also published in journals such as Asian Security, The China Journal, The Pacific Review, The Review of International Studies, and Contemporary Southeast Asia.

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