Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Tinderbox or Teacup Tempest? Perspectives on the South China Sea and East China Sea Disputes, Part I

Friday, April 29, 2016

12 p.m.

Kim Koo Library

Lunch will be available.

Long-standing disagreements over sovereignty and maritime boundaries in the South and East China Seas have occasionally transitioned to aggressive behavior on the part of involved parties. Freedom of navigation operations, the deployment of sensor technology, landfill reclamation projects, runway construction, legal challenges, and the deployment of military platforms are increasing and scope and intensity. What are the prospects for peaceful resolutions? A small panel of international officers and civilians from the U.S. Naval War College will discuss their military and national perspectives and suggest recommendations for moving forward. At this session, officers from Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Japan will attend along with an international law expert. At a future session, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and Taiwan will be present. Questions may be directed to Visiting Fellow John Garofano at John_Garofano@brown.edu.