The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics

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When: Sep 25 2013 - 12:00pm until Sep 25 2013 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC. Sixth Floor Conference Room
What:

The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics

An Asia-Pacific Political Economy Seminar and book launch featuring:

Dr. Kent E. Calder

Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, School for Advanced International Studies-Johns Hopkins University


Dr. Kent E. Calder discussed his latest book The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First-Century Eurasian Geopolitics at the East-West Center in Washington

While much attention in the Asia Pacific in recent years has been focused on international interaction on the high seas, on issues such as maritime securuity and territorial disputes along the Pacific littoral, significant changes are taking place in the heart of continental Asia.

In his groundbreaking book, The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First-Century Eurasian Geopolitics (Yale, 2012), Dr. Kent E. Calder argues that a new transnational configuration is emerging in Asia, driven by economic growth, rising energy demand, and the erosion of longstanding geopolitical divisions. What Dr. Calder calls the New Silk Road--with a strengthening multifaceted relationship between East Asia and the Middle East at its core--could eventually emerge as one of the world's most important multilateral configurations. Receiving widespread praise for its combination of comparative politics and international relations theory, this book has also been published in Japanese and Korean language editions.

In his talk, Dr. Calder discussed this new emerging paradigm described in “The New Continentalism,” what these new or renewed connections mean for region’s leading powers, and how it affects the United States’ rebalance toward the Asia. Some key elements of his explantion are that "geography matters"- top oil producers in the Middle East are geopgraphically near to their largest growing markets in East Asia. This in turn is fueling greater and deeper interconnectivity and interdependability as new infrastructure and geopolitical ties are connecting the Asian continent along these resource trade lines.

Additional photos from this program can be found in the East-West Center's Flickr Gallery.

Wednesday, September 25
12:00pm-1:30pm

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


Dr. Kent E. Calder is the Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University. Previously he was a professor for 20 years at Princeton University and also taught at Harvard University and served as the Japan Chair at CSIS. Dr. Calder has spent his career working on US-Japan issues and served as Special Adviser to three U.S. Ambassadors. A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder has spent eleven years living and researching in Japan, and four years elsewhere in East Asia. He has written extensively on Asian energy geopolitics and U.S.-Japan relations and authored and co-authored several books including The Making of Northeast Asia (Stanford, 2010) and Pacific Alliance (Yale, 2009) Dr. Calder received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, and B.A. from the University of Utah.


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