East Asia’s Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation
In the Asia-Pacific region, competing claims in the East and South China Seas have become intractable features of the security landscape. Confrontations between claimants, both at sea and in the diplomatic arena, have escalated in recent years as historical narratives collide with modern geopolitics.
On October 14, 2016, Sasakawa USA, in cooperation with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo, hosted a panel discussion on East Asia’s Maritime Challenges. Given the ongoing maritime challenges in East Asia, there is a need for a better understanding of the issues as well as how states can cooperate in this contested realm. Of particular interest is what role the U.S.-Japan alliance can play in these contested spaces.
The program included distinguished experts from Japan, the United States, and other regional countries, including a keynote address by Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka. The event also included two panels, one each on the East China Sea and South China Sea.
• Nong Hong, Executive Director of the Institute for China-America Studies and a Research Fellow at both the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, China, and the University of Alberta, Canada
• Jeffrey Hornung, Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs, Sasakawa USA
• Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Keio University
• Tabitha Mallory, Fellow, Political and Security Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research
• Masayuki Masuda, Senior Fellow, The National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)
• Narushige Michishita, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
• Justin Nankivell, Associate Dean for Academics at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
• Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka, President, JMSDF Command and Staff College
• Ian Storey, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies-Yusof Ishak Institute