Revisiting East Asian Security

Revisiting East Asian Security

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Horchow Hall See map
55 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Registration by October 1st is required


9:00 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome Remarks

Welcome remarks by Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, President of National Committee on American Foreign Policy and Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

10:10 - 10:50 Keynote Speech and Q&A: U.S. Role In East Asia

Keynote Speech by Ambassador Daniel R. Russel, Senior Fellow and Diplomat in Residence at Asia Society Policy Institute. He served until March 2017 as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

11:00 – 12:30 Panel One: Prospects of Negotiating a Peace Treaty with North Korea

If North Korea ever returns to the negotiating table, having peace treaty talks alongside denuclearization talks would likely be inevitable. Washington and Seoul have avoided this possibility for good reasons, but Pyongyang’s advancing nuclear and missile capabilities might push them to open Pandora’s box. What are the prospects of such peace treaty talks? Which countries should get a seat at the table and what would be their demands? Would Pyongyang agree to denuclearization in the end? How would a peace treaty on the Korean Peninsula affect the security architecture in East Asia?

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 Panel Two: Revising the Japanese Constitution: Regional Implications

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the enactment of the postwar Japanese Constitution. During the celebration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a plan to revise it by 2020. The crux of the revision is to “make explicit” the status of the Japanese military, or the Self Defense Forces, which will put an end to the debate on its legitimacy. What is Abe’s ultimate goal? Will the Parliament and the Japanese people, who have not fought a war in 70 years, vote for the revision? If it passes, how will neighboring countries react? Will it diminish or increase the US military influence in Japan?

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