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Dr Satu Limaye delivers Asian Security Seminar

6 December 2011

Dr Satu Limaye (right) discusses America's Asian relationships

Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center, Washington, DC, since 2007 gave an Asian Security Seminar on 5 December at The Australian National University. Dr Limaye is also a Senior Advisor at the Center for Naval Analyses Corporation.

In his presentation, which was entitled "Pivots, the Indo-Pacific and 'All In': Mechanisms, Maps and Meanings in the United States," Dr Limaye not only examined the major trends currently shaping America's relationships with the nations of the Asia-Pacific but also delivered an insightful analysis regarding the policy and political thinking on Asia currently prevalent in Washington. The presentation covered the entire gamut of regional issues and geography, from trade to security issues and from Indonesia and Southeast Asian concerns through to the Korean peninsula.

While surveying the region broadly, Dr Limaye also specifically considered the prospects for the region in light of the recent visits to Asia by the US Secretaries of Defense and State, as well as by President Barack Obama.

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ANU-MASI United States seminar series

17 November 2011

Between 7 and 9 November, a delegation of the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Project visited several major American academic and policy institutions to present the major findings of the ANU-MASI Project.

The delegation was led by the Project's two co-investigators, Professors William Tow and John Ravenhill. The other members were the Project's Focus Group 1 Leader, Associate Professor Brendan Taylor, and the Project's Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr David Envall.

ANU-MASI team talk at the East-West Center, Washington DC. (Photo: East-West Center)

The four Project members began their workshop series on the US west coast, presenting first at the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University, and then at the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley. They subsequently travelled to Washington to present the Project's work at the National Defense University, the East-West Center and American University.

The presentations focused on the Project's key research areas: (1) the continuing role of alliances in the region's security framework; (2) and the nexus between bilateralism and multilateralism in the region; (3) the interrelationship between economics and security in the region's international relations; and (4) the key arms control and nuclear non-proliferation issues shaping the region's great power politics.

In particular, a major theme of the presentations was the continuing viability in America's "hub and spokes" alliance structure in the face of a proliferation of multilateral approaches to regional order-building in the region. Although the identity and functions of this bilateral system have evolved, a key finding of the research has been that it will remain a critical security mechanism for the region.

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ANU-MASI "Alliance in transformation" conference in South Korea

25 October 2011

On 13 and 14 October, the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Project co-organized and sponsored the 2011 IFANS conference on global affairs, held in Seoul, South Korea.

Entitled "Alliance in Transformation and Regional Security Architecture in Northeast Asia," the conference was co-organized by Pacific Forum/CSIS, IFANS (the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security) and hosted by IFANS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFAT). The conference drew together scholars and policy experts from around the region, including South Korea, the United States, Japan, and Australia.

The conference was particularly fortunate to have in attendance Youn-kwan Yoon, former MOFAT Minister, Ambassador Yoon-joe Shim, former South Korean Ambassador to Austria, the Hon. James A. Kelly, former US Assistant Secretary of State, Lt. Gen. Noboru Yamaguchi, former Special Advisor to the Cabinet, Japan, and the Hon. Gareth Evans, former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The major themes covered at the conference included: (1) the perspectives of South Korea, Japan, Australia, and the United States on the major security issues currently facing East Asia; (2) the rise of China and its implications; (2) the agenda of cooperation amongst the Asia-Pacific allies of the United States; (3) the region's complementary and conflicting views of extended deterrence; and (4) the relationship between the US alliances and multilateralism. The conference concluded with a discussion on the best direction for further examination of the region's security issues, and particularly the US alliances in the Asia-Pacific.


Trilateral workshop held in Tokyo

29 September 2011

An important goal of the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Project is the development of collaborative scholarship and academic networking across the Asia-Pacific.

With this in mind, the ANU-MASI Project co-sponsored an important trilateral security workshop in Tokyo on 15 and 16 September that brought together security experts from Japan, Australia, and South Korea, as well as a delegation from the United States.

"Bilateral Alliance Politics and Intra-spoke Relations in Asia"

Entitled "Bilateral Alliance Politics and Intra-spoke Relations in Asia," the conference was also sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Korean Studies at Keio University, Japan, and the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, South Korea.

Participating universities included The Australian National University, Keio University, the US Army War College, Dickinson College (US), Seoul National University, the US Naval War College, and Japan's National Institute for Defense Studies.

Under the theme of "Relating Traditional Alliances to New Challenges," participants cross-compared the bilateral relationships these three countries have with the United States. They also examined the question of moving from bilateralism to minilateralism in terms of intra-spoke security relations." The question of "middle power" responses to the "China factor" in Asia also formed a significant part of discussions.

In concluding the workshop, all participants agreed that the event was a success and expressed their desire to build on this success.


Asian Security Seminar presented by Dr Dan Twining

30 August 2011

Daniel Twining, a Senior Fellow for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), presented an Asian Security Seminar on Friday, 26 August.

Entitled 'U.S. Staying Power in the Asia-Pacific', Dr Twining's Seminar examined America's relations with several of the region's key powers, including India and Japan.

Part of the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Partnership Project, the Seminar series provides an opportunity for students, scholars and analysts to listen to and question expert analysts and scholars from Australia and around the region on the major political, economic and security issues in the contemporary Asia-Pacific.

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Professor Gilbert Rozman, Princeton University, delivers Asian Security Seminar

23 August 2011

Gilbert Rozman, the Musgrave professor of Sociology at Princeton University, delivered an Asian Security Seminar on Wednesday, 17 August.

The Seminar, entitled 'Northeast Asian Security in 2011: China, the Six-Party Talks, and Korea's Centrality to U.S., Japanese, and Russian Strategic Thinking', examined Chinese and American thinking on the major strategic challenges facing Northeast Asia today.

The Asian Security Seminar Series is part of the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Partnership Project. The Series provides an opportunity for students, scholars and analysts to listen to and question expert analysts and scholars from Australia and around the region on the major issues in Asia-Pacific today.

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ANU-MASI Policy Background Paper series launched

9 August 2011

A key step in the publishing agenda for the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) was made on Monday, 8 August, with the official launch of the ANU-MASI Policy Background Paper series. The aim of the series is to convey to a wider audience, especially policy-makers and analysts, some of the Project's principal research findings on the major security challenges currently facing the Asia-Pacific.

At the event was Dr Katherine Morton, associate dean of research in the College of Asia & the Pacific, who officially launched the series, Professor Paul Hutchcroft, director of the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, as well as a number of eminent guests from within the university and from overseas.

The ANU was particularly fortunate to have a delegation from Hitotsubashi University, Japan, in attendance, led by Professor Ryo Oshiba, vice-president of Hitotsubashi University, as well as Associate Professor Nobumasa Akiyama, and Assistant Professors Kazuhiro Obayashi and Toshihiko Aono.

Launching the ANU-MASI Policy Background Paper series

Also speaking at the event was the author of the first edition of the series and member of the ANU-MASI Project, Professor Rikki Kersten of ANU's Department of Political & Social Change. Professor Kersten talked briefly on the transformation that has been occurring in Japan's security polices over the past decade, notably the debate over how to balance the tensions between Japan's relations with Asia and the United States.

According to Professor William Tow, co-investigator of the ANU-MASI Project, the Policy Background Papers will be published regularly through the remainder of 2011. The expectation is that, whether delivering fresh insights into the region's major security concerns or highlighting overlooked but vital trends, the series will provide sophisticated analysis by top scholars from around the region.

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Final Focus Group Progress Report released

12 July 2011

The final in the series of ANU-MacArthur ASI (ANU-MASI) Focus Group Progress Reports has now been completed and is available online at the ANU-MASI website.

This latest Progress Report follows on from the Interim Reports released earlier in 2011 following the Project's second major conference in November 2010 and the Inaugural Reports released in mid-2010 following the first major conference in March 2010.

This final Report broadly summarizes the presentations and debates that took place at the Project's conference in May 2011 held at Peking University, Beijing, China.

The focus of this report is less on the contents of the individual papers and more on the Focus Group discussions. Taking the work of each Focus Group as a whole, it presents important findings from the various studies, as well as the key issues identified for ongoing debate.

For more information on the conference, read here.

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Korea-Australia Diplomatic Relationship at ANU

10 June 2011

On Friday, 3 June, the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Project and the ANU Department of International Relations held a special Asia Security Seminar in order to acknowledge 50 years of normalised relations between Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Held in partnership with the South Korean Embassy in Australia, the event was attended by Ambassador Woosang Kim. Also in attendance was a small delegation from the Ministry of Unification, Republic of Korea, as well as a number of Korean scholars and Australian officials and academics.

The Seminar was divided into two sessions. The first session focused on two main themes: (1) the strategic significance of North Korea's nuclear, weapons policies and policy approaches for dealing with them; and (2) ongoing and emerging current situations surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

In the second session, the participants examined the crucial policy question of how to deal with North Korea in terms of Australia and South Korea working together.

Discussions were wide-ranging and in-depth, covering not only the long Australia-South Korea relationship but also questions of deterrence and great power relations.

Following the seminar, a reception was held at the South Korean Ambassador's Residence.

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Conference: ANU-MASI Focus Groups meet at Peking University

25 May 2011

The latest ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Partnership Conference took place at Peking University, Beijing, China, between 16 and 19 May. The conference was the third in a series of ANU-MASI meetings whereby prominent scholars from around the Asia-Pacific region gathered together to present papers and debate the major themes of the Project.

ANU-MASI Partnership Conference, Peking University, Beijing, China

ANU-MASI Project members were also delighted to welcome to the Bejing Conference three distinguished international scholars – Professor Tom Christensen of Princeton University, Professor Iain Johnston of Harvard University, and Professor Rosemary Foot of Oxford University.

The Conference followed a busy schedule. On the morning of 17 May, after welcoming remarks by Professor John Ravenhill, Focus Group 4 began proceedings with a discussion of arms control and nuclear non-proliferation. Professor Rob Ayson (Victoria University of Wellington) led discussions, and other presenters included Ms Fiona Cunningham (Lowy Institute), Professor Zhu Feng (Peking University), and Associate Professor Ken Jimbo (Keio University). The security-economics nexus was the topic of the afternoon session, with presenters including Dr Helen Nesadurai (Monash University) and Dr Benjamin Goldsmith (University of Sydney), amongst others.

On the following day, the bilateral-multilateral security nexus and alliance politics, led by Focus Groups 2 and 1 and respectively, were the main points of discussions. Presenters included Associate Professor Ralf Emmers (Nanyang Technological University, RSIS), Professor Aileen Baviera (University of the Philippines), and Professor Han Feng (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences). The main part of the Conference concluded late in the afternoon with talks by the Focus Group leaders on 'future directions' for publishing outputs and closing remarks by Professor William Tow.

On 19 May, members of the Project attended a media event organised by the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CISS) of Peking University. Themed 'Regionalisation and East Asian Security Dynamics', the event was led by Professor Wang Jisi, the director of CISS. ANU-MASI members in attendance were Professor Zhu Feng, Professor Tow, Professor Ravenhill, Associate Professor Emmers and Dr Ryo Sahashi (University of Tokyo).


Asian Security Seminar given by Professor Douglas Stuart

20 March 2011

On Wednesday, 16 March, Professor Douglas Stuart, the first holder of the J. William and Helen D. Stuart Chair in International Studies at Dickinson College and also an Adjunct Research Professor at the US Army War College, held an Asian Security Seminar entitled ' "When the Only Tool That You Have is a Hammer..." The Militarisation of American Foreign Policy'.

Professor Stuart is the author, co-author or editor of 8 books, 4 monographs, and over 30 published articles dealing with international affairs. In the seminar, Professor Stewart examined the question of whether there is a growing 'gap' between the US armed services and American society.

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Focus Groups 3 and 4 Interim Progress Reports released

15 February 2011

Following the release in January of the Interim Progress Reports for ANU-MacArthur ASI (ANU-MASI) Focus Groups 1 and 2, the Interim Reports for ANU-MASI Focus Groups 3 and 4 are now also available. Focus Groups 3 and 4 held their interim meetings concurrently with Focus Groups 1 and 2 at ANU in November 2010 as part of the second Project conference.

Led by Professor John Ravenhill and Professor Rob Ayson, these Groups examined the intersection of economics and security in the Asia-Pacific and issues of arms control and nuclear non-proliferation respectively. For more information on the conference, read here.

Download the Focus Group 3 Interim Progress Report » (PDF 1.1M)

Download the Focus Group 4 Interim Progress Report » (PDF 841K)


Focus Groups 1 and 2 Interim Progress Reports released

23 January 2011

The Interim Progress Reports for ANU-MacArthur ASI (ANU-MASI) Focus Groups 1 and 2 have been completed and are now available online at the ANU-MASI website. Focus Groups 1 and 2 – led by Dr Brendan Taylor and Professor William Tow – held their interim meetings at ANU in November 2010 as part of the second Project conference.

Dr Taylor's Group is undertaking the task of exploring bilateral and multilateral security nexus in the Asia-Pacific, while Professor Tow's Group is examining alliances and broader regional security initiatives. For more information on the conference, read here.

Download the Focus Group 1 Interim Report » (PDF 732K)

Download the Focus Group 2 Interim Report » (PDF 1.5M)

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