Featuring: Dr. Nick Bisley, Professor and Department Head of Politics and International Relations, La Trobe University, Australia
It is widely recognized that Asia's regional order is experiencing a period of flux due to the shifting fortunes and policies of the region's major powers. Uncertainty about the future is widespread and a key driver of the recent increases in military spending across the region. This seminar will argue that while not entirely settled, many of the key components of Asia's emerging order are already in place, most particularly the policies of the US and the PRC toward the region. Dr. Nick Bisley will explain how the events of 2010-when China displayed a much more assertive approach to its regional interests-are a leading indicator of how Asia's security order is likely to evolve. If left unchanged, the policies of the major powers are likely to generate a much more unstable regional setting than in the past, and present many in the region with a considerable strategic dilemma as they face conflicts between their economic and security interests.
Filmed at East-West Center in Washington on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.