The New Asian Security Landscape

For decades, Asian security has been reliant on a series of alliances. Yet President Donald Trump has already called that balance into question with indications that he is open to effecting significant change in the region. From reevaluating security treaties to questioning China’s practices regionally and economically, the Asian Century is now in question. What lies in store for the pivot to Asia under a new administration that, on its third day in office, ordered the formal withdrawal of the US from the TPP? Will Asia remain the focus of America’s foreign policy or will President Trump turn his attention elsewhere? How will traditional alliances such as that between Japan and the US fare in the face of the new US administration’s rhetoric?

Speaker Bio


Registration and light breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Panel 1: US Policy towards Asia

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Brad Glosserman, Executive Director, Pacific Forum CSIS
Andrew Oros, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies, Washington College
Toshimichi Nagaiwa, Lieutenant General (Retired), Japan Air Self Defense Force
Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Richard McGregor (moderator), Former Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times

Panel 2: Security Challenges in Northeast Asia

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Patrick Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Osamu Onoda, Lieutenant General (Retired), Japan Air Self Defense Force
Andrew Shearer, Senior Adviser on Asia Pacific Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Sheena Chestnut Greitens (moderator), Assistant Professor, University of Missouri

Keynote Lunch: The Role of the US-Japan Alliance

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Dennis Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
Ivo Daalder (moderator),  President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Mic Check

Mic Check with Brad Glosserman, Executive Director, Pacific Forum CSIS

What is the best book/essay/article about foreign policy or a global issue you’ve read this year and why?

Nothing has knocked me over, but a 2014 essay by Jim Schoff and Nicholas Wright on fairness in the Japan-China relationship (published in The National Interest) is especially relevant for our conversation. I like it because of the introduction of ideas and approaches that seem pretty distant from our field.

Who would you most want to debate over dinner?

I would like to chat over dinner with Joi Ito of the MIT Media Lab to talk about new thinking for international problems.

What is one thing our audience might find surprising about you?

The first song I ever wrote was recorded by a friend on her debut album for a major record label. (Never saw a royalty though…)

What one piece of advice would you offer to those interested in a career in global affairs or your field?

Be open to new challenges, get out of your comfort zone, don’t compete.

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