20 October 2021 | Maria Tanyag | Cultures of Crisis: How the Asia-Pacific Can Lead Global Peace and Security
The Asia Pacific is predicted to have the greatest proportion of people already exposed and vulnerable to concurrent extreme weather events and the intensification of climate change-related security risks. What can we learn from Asia Pacific women’s regional networks in ensuring existing risk mapping and analyses are ‘fit for purpose’ as simultaneous catastrophes become endemic globally? Drawing on feminist and postcolonial approaches, this research seeks to examine how and why women’s regional networks in the Asia Pacific develop distinct perspectives and practices in responding to a multiplicity of crises.
23 September 2021| Kyuri Park | The Evolution of an Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation Network: Joint Military Exercises Involving China
Park presents a new dataset of joint military exercises in the Asia-Pacific from 1970 to 2019 and examines variations in security cooperation patterns using network analysis and case studies. The key finding is that US allies and strategic partners increased joint military exercise with China after the 2000s.
5 August 2021 | Nicola Leveringhaus | The Politics of Nuclear Commemoration in Asia: The China Case.
In contrast to many other nuclear weapons states, China has largely been quiet about its nuclear past. Only over the past decade or so has China started to commemorate its nuclear weapons development more seriously. Leveringhaus examines the nature and timing of this commemoration within China, and the wider implications of nuclear commemoration for international security.
16 June 2021 | Rosemary Foot and Courtney Fung | A Tale in Two Books: China and the United Nations.
Join us for an interactive discussion with the authors of two important recent books:
Rosemary Foot, China, the UN, and Human Protection: Beliefs, Power, Image (OUP, 2020); and
Courtney Fung, China and Intervention at the UN Security Council: Reconciling Status (OUP, 2019).
29 April 2021 | Helen Nesadurai, Lorraine Elliott, and Pichamon Yeophantong | What’s So Special about Asian Security? Dealing with Non-state Actors and Non- traditional Security
Are the security landscape and dynamics in Asia significantly different compared to those in other world regions? Is there anything ‘special’ about Asian security that necessitates alterations or additions to the theories, concepts or methods of standard international relations or security studies research? This Roundtable explores two potent themes that could make Asia’s security order and practices distinctive: the plurality of actors – including many types of non-state and trans-state actors – and the wide range of so-called ‘non-traditional’ security challenges that preoccupy regional policy-makers.
25 February 2021 | Krista Wiegand | Power Projection and Deterrence: South China Sea Disputants as Pawns in the U.S.-China Rivalry
In the past decade, China has pursued consistent low-level provocations against disputants to seize or prevent other states’ access to islands, maritime features, and waters in the South China Sea. China could significantly benefit from access to oil, natural gas, seabed resources, and maritime trade lanes by controlling these features.
2 December 2020 | Oriana Skylar Mastro | Posing problems without shackling up: Prospects for a Sino-Russian alliance and implications for Asia-Pacific security
Is China forming a balancing coalition against the United States, in particular with Russia? The most recent scholarship does not address China’s balancing strategy because it focuses on explaining secondary states’ response to China’s rise. Work in the realist tradition does predict China will ally with other nations but does not provide insights into security behaviour short of alliances, which more accurately characterizes Beijing’s strategy to date.
19 October 2022| Yusuke Ishihara| Renegotiating Japan’s Post-War Bargains: The Transformation of Japan's Foreign Policy and the Pluralisation of U.S. Hegemonic Order in the 1970s.
The 1970s witnessed significant changes to the post-war international order: the rise and fall of U.S.-Soviet détente, Sino-U.S. rapprochement, the crisis of the Bretton-Woods system/the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and shifts to a multilateral landscape in East Asia. In this research seminar, Yusuke Ishihara shows that Japan made major and important decisions on these geopolitical, economic, and regional-political processes. His PhD research explains the evolution of Japan’s post-war international standing, including how and why the vital post-war bargains that were embraced in the 1950s, when Japan was occupied by the U.S., were renegotiated by Tokyo during the 1970s.