East Asia in Transition: Comprehensive Security in the Pacific Rim

DATE: Friday, September 29, 2006

PLACE: Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley

FORMAT: Conference

SPONSORS: Institute of East Asian Studies



A shifting balance of power in East Asia and new US priorities have prompted discussion of a new 'Asian Order.' The United States, long the dominant force in East Asia, is rethinking its global security strategy including its alliances with Japan and Korea. At the same time, China's role is expanding. While to some degree the perception of the PRC as a future hegemony is related to the modernization of the Chinese military and its increased ability to project force in the region, it can also be traced to China's growing interest in acting as a regional arbiter on a variety of issues. Over the past decade China has become increasingly involved in regional security arrangements and plays an active role in regional conflict management, for instance, in the Six Party talks over denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

At the same time, challenges that transcend traditional notions of security have gained new relevance in East Asia. The importance of quick and effective international response networks to confront health care crises has been underlined by the challenge to manage the outbreaks of SARS and avian flu across the region. IT and network security have also become a key priority for businesses and governments throughout Asia. And, environmental concerns that go beyond national borders rank high on the agendas of policy-makers in the region. The multilateral agreements necessary for managing these and other issues are challenging traditional concepts of sovereignty. Will the set of current regional networks in Asia provide an adequate framework for conflict management of such issues? Or will other regional institutions be created to address such concerns? Will these institutions undermine the sovereignty of nation-states in the region? What are the implications for smaller nation-states?

  • Panel 1: Finding Multilateral Solutions to New and Enduring Problems
  • Panel 2: Enduring IT and Network Security
  • Panel 3: Preventing and Managing Environmental Crises
  • Panel 4: Concluding Remarks

The first conference in this program series, titled "Remaking Economic Strengths in East Asia: Dealing with the Repercussions of Increased Interdependence" was held on the UC Berkeley campus in April 2005. Proceedings and other background information is available on our website: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/events/eac2005


Friday, September 29, 2006
Introductory Remarks

T.J. Pempel, UC Berkeley
Robert Scalapino, UC Berkeley

Panel 1: "Finding Multilateral Solutions to New and Enduring Problems"
9:15 - 11:30

TJ Pempel, UC Berkeley


Susan Shirk, UC San Diego
Track II Diplomacy in Northeast Asia

David Shambaugh, George Washington University
China and Multilateralism in Asia

Mely Caballero-Anthony, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore
East Asian Multilateral Problems and Solutions

11:30 - 12:30 pm - Lunch break

Panel 2: "Ensuring IT and Network Security"
12:30 - 2:15pm

Darren Zook, UC Berkeley


Jonathan Zittrain, Oxford University [via teleconference]
The Relationship between Security and Censorship

Laurie Freeman, UC Santa Barbara
Information Technology and Democracy in East Asia

Peter Cowhey, UC San Diego
Technology and Long-term Security in the Pacific Rim

Panel 3: "Preventing and Managing Environmental Crises"
2:30 - 4:15pm

Thomas Gold, UC Berkeley


Miranda Schreurs, University of Maryland
Environmental Security Dynamics in Northeast Asia

Vinya Sysamouth, International Rivers Network
China's Hydropower Development and Its Impact on Downstream Countries

Daniela Salaverry, Pacific Environment
The Russian Far East, China, and Korea: Trans-boundary Problem Solving by Grassroots Environmental Groups

Concluding Remarks
4:15 - 5:00pm



Mely Caballero-Anthony is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) Singapore. She also holds the concurrent positions of Coordinator of the Institute's Programme on Non-Traditional Security in Asia, and Coordinator of the Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia) Secretariat at IDSS. Her research interests include regionalism and regional security in Asia Pacific, multilateral security cooperation, politics and international relations in Southeast Asia, conflict prevention and management, as well as human security.

Peter Cowhey is Dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego. Dean Cowhey also holds the Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy at UC San Diego and serves as the Director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. His research interests include telecommunications and information policy and markets.

Laurie Freeman is Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Santa Barbara and a Visiting Professor in International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include comparative politics with an emphasis on the press and politics of Japan, and the role of the media in comparative perspective. She is currently completing a book on Information Technology and Democracy in the US and Japan.

Thomas Gold is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley where he directs the Berkeley China Initiative. Professor Gold also serves as Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies. His current research focuses on many aspects of the societies in East Asia, particularly mainland China and Taiwan.

T.J. Pempel is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. His current research interests include comparative politics, political economy, contemporary Japan, and Asian regionalism.

Daniela Salaverry is Pacific Environment's China Program Associate. She works directly with Chinese NGOs, providing them with capacity building support and small grants. Ms. Salaverry's work focuses primarily on water pollution, endangered species trade and marine conservation issues in China. She has a degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, has traveled extensively in China and East Asia, and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Robert A. Scalapino is Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. He was Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies between l978 and l990. His publications include 39 books and monographs, and some 540 articles on East Asian politics and international relations. Among his awards is the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Government of Japan and the Japan Foundation Award as well as the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit from the Government of Korea and the Friendship Medal from the Government of Mongolia. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Boards of the Asia Foundation, the Atlantic Council, the National Bureau of Asian Research and other bodies.

Miranda Schreurs is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her current research interests include comparative and international environmental politics in Japan, China, East Asia, Germany, Europe, and the United States.

David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of The China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Professor Shambaugh is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution. His current research interests include contemporary Chinese affairs, U.S.-China Relations and the international politics and security of the Asia-Pacific region.

Susan Shirk is Professor of Political Science at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego. Professor Shirk also serves as Director of the UC system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. In 1993 she founded the track-two Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue. From 1997-2000 she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for U.S. relations with China. Her latest book is China: Fragile Superpower (Oxford University Press, spring 2007).

Vinya Sysamouth is a member of the International River Network's East and Southeast Asia Campaigns Team. He is the China/Lao campaigner. Vinya conducts research on hydropower projects in Laos and advocates for the rights of people affected by them. He also coordinates aspects of IRN's China program.

Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. Professor Zittrain is a co-founder of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and served as its first executive director from 1997-2000. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. He has recently co-authored a study of Internet filtering by national governments, and is writing a book about the future of the now-intertwined Internet and PC. Papers may be found at jz.org.

Darren Zook teaches in Political Science and International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley. His research interests include human rights, comparative Asian politics, international law, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.



The conference "East Asia in Transition: Comprehensive Security in the Pacific Rim" will be held in the Alumni House, UC Berkeley.

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