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Overcoming the Asia Paradox: Key Issues Hindering Further Integration in East Asia and Korea's Role

Conference/Symposium | December 2 | 4 p.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor)


Daniel Sneider, Associate Director for Research, APRC, Stanford University; Tai Ming Cheung, Director, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, UC San Diego; Kathleen Stephens, Koret Fellow and Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Stanford University

T.J. Pempel, Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Daniel Sneider (Associate Director for Research, APRC, Stanford University)
Topic: "Korea-Japan Relations Under Stress"

Relations between South Korea and Japan are increasingly tense, causing growing concern in the U.S. that the dysfunctional nature of their relationship might undermine American security interests and stability in the region. At the center of these tensions remain the unresolved issues of wartime history and the impact of nationalism on public opinion and official relations. Is there a path way toward reconciliation that can overcome the "Asian Paradox?"

Tai Ming Cheung (Director, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, UC San Diego)
Topic: "China and the Dynamics of Arms Races in East Asia in the 21st Century"

Is an arms race in the making or already underway in East Asia that pits China against the United States and other Asian states? If the intensifying armament drives that are taking place across the region, especially by big powers such as China, India, and Japan, are being driven by action-reaction dynamics, what are the implications for regional security, including for the Korean Peninsula? This presentation examines the nature and drivers of China's military modernization to assess whether this constitutes an arms race or not.

Kathleen Stephens (Koret Fellow, Stanford University and Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea)
Topic: "North Korea: Obstacle or Catalyst for Regional Integration?"

Continuing tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula dramatically underscore the long-standing challenges to efforts at regional integration in Northeast Asia. At the same time, initiatives such as the Six-Party Talks have been seen as potentially strengthing regional cooperation through addressing multilaterally one of the most persistent security and economic problems in the region. The 2005 Joint Statement of Principles committed the parties to working toward a new security mechanism in the region. What are the prospects for such an approach? What would be the impact of increased regional integration on the DPRK? How far can it go absent progress on denuclearization and other goals on the Korean peninsula?

Schedule of Events
4:00-4:15 Opening - T.J. Pempel (UC Berkeley)

4:15-4:25 Congratulatory Remarks - Han Dong Man (Korean Consul General)

4:30 - 4:50 Speaker #1 - Daniel Sneider

4:50-5:10 Speaker #2 - Tai Ming Cheung

5:10-5:30 Speaker #3 - Kathleen Stephens

5:30-6:00 Panel Discussion/Q&A


cks@berkeley.edu, 510-642-5674