The Promises and Pitfalls of American INF-Range Missile Deployments in Asia


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When: Aug 20 2020 - 10:00am until Aug 20 2020 - 11:00am
Where: Zoom Webinar

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

 The Promises and Pitfalls of
American INF-Range Missile Deployments in Asia


Mr. Eric Gomez
(EWCW Young Professional, 2012)
Director of Defense Policy Studies,
Cato Institute

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

After officially withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty last summer, the United States now has the ability to deploy ground-Eric Gomezlaunched cruise and ballistic missiles in East Asia. Many US analysts have praised leaving the treaty and argue that such missile capabilities will enhance US military posture and improve deterrence against Chinese aggression. However, there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding potential missile deployments in the Indo-Pacific region. This presentation unpacked the arguments for deploying US intermediate-range missiles in Asia, discussed potential impacts of various deployment scenarios on US-China nuclear stability, and examined the important yet often overlooked role of US allies in shaping American military options and strategy.

To view the Power Point from this webinar, please click here

Mr. Gomez has also written for the East-West Center's Asia Pacific Bulletin on this topic. 

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.


Eric Gomez is the director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute. His research focuses on nuclear deterrence and strategic stability issues in East Asia. He is the co-editor of America's Nuclear Crossroads: A Forward-Looking Anthology, an edited book published by the Cato Institute in 2019. Eric is a member of the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) Nuclear Scholars Initiative cadre for 2020. In the summer of 2012, Eric was an intern at the East-West Center in Washington DC.

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 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. 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 Rel

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