Institutionalizing the Indo Pacific: Whither Asian Security Challenges?


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When: Jul 21 2020 - 4:00pm until Jul 21 2020 - 5:00pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to the
60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Alumni Seminar Series:

Institutionalizing the Indo Pacific: Whither Asian Security Challenges?


Dr. Kai He
(EWCW Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, 2012)
Professor of International Relations, Griffith Asia Institute &
Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East West Center in Washington

The ‘Indo–Pacific’ has become a popular political concept since the 2000s. However, we have yet to see any significant institutional presence associated with the Dr. Kai HeIndo–Pacific. The litmus test for the Indo–Pacific concept in the future will be whether it can be institutionalized, that is, whether states are willing to develop meaningful institution-building mechanisms based on the Indo–Pacific concept. Outside of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, the term Indo–Pacific has not been very popular until recently. Why have states not institutionalized the Indo–Pacific in the past ten years? How will the Indo–Pacific concept be institutionalized in the future? Will the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue”—the so-called “Quad”—among the United States, Japan, Australia, and India become the central construct in the future security architecture in the region? This seminar shed some light on the dynamics of institution-building efforts in the Indo–Pacific as well as its implications for Asian security.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the East-West Center and its mission to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW)’s 60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Alumni Seminar Series  highlights the work of EWCW alumni/ae who have participated in our fellowship, publication, dialogue, and conference programs.


Kai He is a Professor of International Relations in Griffith Asia Institute and Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow (2017-2020). He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (2009-2010). He is the author of Institutional Balancing in the Asia Pacific: Economic Interdependence and China's Rise (Routledge, 2009), the co-author of Prospect Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis in the Asia Pacific: Rational Leaders and Risky Behavior (Routledge, 2013), and the author of China’s Crisis Behavior: Political Survival and Foreign Policy (Cambridge, 2016).

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang