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Symposium 2014

A Pivot to the East? – Geopolitics in Asia

The Challenge

Virtually every global issue requires Asia’s engagement in order to be addressed adequately: climate change mitigation, effective global trade policies, secure supply chains, agriculture for the 21st century, development aid, international labor flows and certainly, global security. In 2014, international affairs experts noted a potential pivot on behalf of the United States, from the “traditional” transatlantic relationship to building and fostering improved relations with Asian countries. This comes at time when it is more important than ever to forge effective and reliable relationships in the region. North Korea is in a state of flux, simultaneously flexing its muscles internally and externally, raising concerns in the region and beyond. Maritime security issues remain a challenge as piracy networks prove they are nimble and not necessarily tied to location—when one base country becomes overtly hostile to operations, they can move elsewhere, making it difficult to interrupt piracy networks and operations completely. The effects of climate change, such as intense urban air, water and soil pollution are already fueling domestic unrest in China.

Is there a shift in focus from the transatlantic relationship between the US-EU to focusing more on China, India, and other Asian fast moving economies? What are the geopolitical implications of this shift? Maritime piracy is a key concern for all countries involved in global trade. The safe transport of traded goods is essential to the smooth operation of the global economy. What is the current situation regarding international efforts to combat piracy? What are the successes and where is more work needed? Nearly 70 years after the Korean War began, the peninsula still proves to be a security threat to the region and beyond. In the eyes of the experts, what can be done about the existing security hotspots? What is the next tinderbox in Asia? Lastly, domestic unrest related to climate change may soon be on the daily order. What can the international community do to address this coming challenge?

    Proposals

    Proposal
    Symposium 2014

    A Pivot to the East? – Geopolitics in Asia

    This Solution Proposal covers the following: Is there a pivot to the East? What are the geopolitical implications? Revival of major power rivalry The Korean problem South China Sea maritime disputes � ...

    This Solution Proposal covers the following: Is there a pivot to the East? What are the geopolitical implications? Revival of major power rivalry The Korean problem South China Sea maritime disputes   1. Is there a pivot to the East? What are the geopolitical implications? The pivot is indeed happening, but it is not confined only to the United States. All countries that have the resources and capacity to do so are paying more attention and investing more economic and political resources in East Asia, but it is led of course by those with greater capacity to do so, namely

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Virtual Library

    Virtual Library File
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    Can China Rise Peacefully

    A recent piece in the National Interest on China's rise. This is authored by Dr. John Mearsheimer, and is an excerpt from his book, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, April 2014.

    A recent piece in the National Interest on China's rise.

    This is authored by Dr. John Mearsheimer, and is an excerpt from his book, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, April 2014.

    Virtual Library File
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    Asia-Pacific Security: A Changing Role for the United States

    A Chatham House report from April 2014

    A Chatham House report from April 2014