Asian Views of America’s Role in Asia

A Symposium in Hong Kong (HK)

Organized by the Hong Kong America Center (HKAC),
the Asia Foundation and the Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) and
the Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC), City University of Hong Kong

Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room, City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
March 15-16, 2018

How are Asian governments and public opinion groups in society reacting to the unusual presidency of Donald Trump? What major shifts in the geo-political and global economic patterns may be emerging after one year of the Trump presidency and its behavior toward Asia?

We welcome you and your students with interest in international relations, especially in the Asia Pacific, to attend a conference on Asian Views of the American Role in Asia (AVARA). Key note speakers will come from Northeast, Southeast and South Asia, as well as the USA. On Friday morning, in association with the Asia CEO Forum, we will have a live interactive conversation from Washington DC with Kurt Campbell, the author of the “pivot to Asia” in the Obama administration.

The Hong Kong America Center, the Asia Foundation, the Department of Asian and International Studies and the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong are jointly sponsoring this one-and-half day event on March 15 and 16, 2018. The venue is Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room of CityU. Attendance is free, but seats are limited, on first-come first-served basis.

Speaker Bios:

    • John Brandon
    • Senior Director, The Asia Foundation’s International Relations
      programs; Associate Director, the Washington D.C.

 

    • Kurt Campbell
    • Former Assistant Secretary of State, East Asian and Pacific Affairs

 

    • Harry Harding
    • Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia

 

    • Thitinan Pongsudhirak
    • Director, the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS); Associate Professor of International Political Economy, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

 

    • Yoon Young-kwan
    • Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Seoul National University

 

Rundown:

Thursday March 15
8:30 Registration
9:15 Briefing by John Brandon on the AVARA project of 2016. John Brandon is Senior Director of The Asia Foundation’s International Relations programs, as well as Associate Director of the Washington, DC office
9:30 Presentation by Harry Harding: US-East Asian Relations in President Trump’s First Year, with response by Daniel Lynch, AIS of CityU, followed by open discussion
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Asian Perceptions of America’s Role in Northeast Asia
Speaker: Yoon Young-kwan, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Seoul National University
11:30 Comments by Masami Miyashita of Jetro/HK, followed by general discussion chaired by Glenn Shive of HKAC
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Asian Perceptions of America’s Role in South Asia
Speaker: Raja Mohan, Founding Director of the India Centre of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
14:00 Comments by Victor Mallet of the Financial Times, and discussion chaired by John Brandon
12:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Asian Perceptions of America’s Role in Southeast Asia
Speaker: Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies and Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
16:00 Comments by Mark R Thompson, AIS and SEARC of CityU, and discussion chaired by Nicholas Thomas, AIS of CityU
17:00 Reflections on Themes Cutting Across the Asian Regions, by Harry Harding
17:15 Adjourn

 

More Information:

 

For inquiries, please contact Pauline Lau at paulinelau@cuhk.edu.hk or at tel: 3943-8748.