The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China, and the New Struggle for Global Mastery


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When: Jan 7 2020 - 12:30pm until Jan 7 2020 - 2:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China, and the New Struggle for Global Mastery

An Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar and Book Discussion featuring:

Mr. Richard Javad Heydarian
Resident Analyst, GMA Network &
Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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


In his newest book, The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China, and the New Struggle for Global Mastery, Mr. Heydarian placed the presidency of Donald Trump as well as the brewing Sino-American Cold War within the broader historical context of American Richard Heydarianhegemony in Asia, which traces its roots to Alfred Thayer Mahan’s call for a naval build up in the Pacific, the subsequent colonization of the Philippines and, ultimately, reaching its apotheosis after the defeat of Imperial Japan in the Second World War. The book, drawing on visits from Cairo to California and Perth to Pyongyang as well as interviews and exchanges with heads of state and senior officials from across the Indo-Pacific, provided an overview of the arc of American primacy in the region for scholars, journalists, and concerned citizens.

The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China, and the New Struggle for Global Mastery is available for purchase through Palgrave Macmillan. It was recently profiled in the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s (ASPI) The Strategist by Professor Mark Beeson.

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Richard Javad Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, having taught political science at AteneoDe Manila University and De La Salle University, Philippines, and a Research Fellow at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He is a regular opinion writer for international publications, including South China Morning Post, Nikkei Asia Review, and Straits Times, and has written for/or been interviewed by Aljazeera English, BBC, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Atlantic, among other leading publications. He has also been a regular contributor Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), among other leading Global think tanks. More information can be found here.

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 magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755