Integrated Asia: A Dangerous New Strategic System


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When: Aug 29 2017 - 12:30pm until Aug 29 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Integrated Asia: A Dangerous New Strategic System

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Nick Bisley
Executive Director, La Trobe Asia and
Professor of International Relations, La Trobe University, Australia

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Globalization and major power rivalry are creating a China-centered integrated Asian strategic system, drawing together the once-discrete theatres of Northeast, Southeast, South and Central Asia. In this talk, based on a recently published paper, Left to right: Nick Bisley and Dr. Satu LimayeProfessor Nick Bisley will explore the origins and consequences of this emerging strategic geography. China will sit at the heart of this strategic system which will have maritime and continental dimensions but it will not be able to dominate it or replicate US primacy. US influence in Asia will decline in relative terms and its ability to provide order will be constrained. Nationalist ambition among the region’s giants will make integrated Asia an unstable place where cooperation among the great powers will be much harder to achieve than in the past. Crucially, integrated Asia will be much less amenable to liberal ideas and principles than in the past. As such, countries with a liberal disposition, like Australia, the US and Japan will need to adjust their strategic policy to reflect a more integrated Asian strategic system, one that is likely less conducive to their interests than the international environment they have enjoyed over the past four decades or so.

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Nick Bisley is the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University, Australia. Nick is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, is a member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs national executive, the board of the Australia-India Institute, a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and and is part of the advisory board of China Matters. He has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the East West-Center in Washington DC. Nick is the author of many works on international relations, including Issues in 21st Century World Politics, 3rd Edition (Palgrave, 2017), Great Powers in the Changing International Order (Lynne Rienner, 2012), and Building Asia’s Security (IISS/Routledge, 2009, Adelphi No. 408). He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The Guardian, The Economist, CNN and Time Magazine.

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