Conference on Power, Identity, and Security in Asia


On April 14, 2012, the Rising Powers Initiative held a day long international conference on Power, Identity, and Security in Asia: Views on Regional Cooperation and the U.S. Role. The conference brought together researchers from the Rising Power Initiative’s Power and Identity project. Co-authors of the individual country studies (China, India, Japan, Korea, and ASEAN) identified the national identity dimensions that influence each of these countries’ security posture and the prospects for cooperation or conflict in Asia to an audience of 200+ members of the Washington policy, media, and research communities. The country panels were chaired by prominent policymakers including: Alyssa Ayres (Department of State), Thomas Hubbard (McLarty Associates & former U.S. Ambassador to Korea), Evan Medeiros (National Security Council).

Other notable conference participants included:

  • Alice Ba (University of Delaware)
  • Jonah Blank (RAND Corporation)
  • Taylor Fravel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Satu Limaye (East-West Center)
  • Edward Lincoln (GWU)
  • Ji-Young Lee (American University)

Chas W. Freeman, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, delivered the Keynote Address. Following presentations and discussions on the role of power and identity in India, Japan, Korea, ASEAN, and China, G. John Ikenberry (Princeton University) and Charles Glaser (GWU) offered liberal internationalist and realist views on the implications of the day’s discussions for U.S. foreign policy.  The conference was supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Audio Recording:

Introductory Remarks and Session 1: Power and Identity in India, Deepa Ollapally, Alyssa Ayres, Souresh Roy, Jonah Blank

Session II: Power and Identity in Japan, Edward J. Lincoln, Mike Mochizuki, Isao Miyaoka, Sheila Smith

Session III: Power and Identity in Korea, Thomas Hubbard, Gregg Brazinsky, Jong-dae Shin, Ji-Young Lee

Luncheon and Keynote Address, Chas W. Freeman, Jr., Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Session IV: Power and Identity in ASEAN, Satu Limaye, Amitav Acharya, Allan Layug and Alice Ba

Session V: Power and Identity in China, Evan Medeiros, Allen Carlson and Taylor Fravel

Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy: Liberal Internationalist and Realist Views and Closing Remarks, G. John Ikenberry, Charles Glaser and Mike Mochizuki


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