A Dual Track Institutional Approach To East Asia Security

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Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) - Queensland Branch says
Presented by Associate Professor Kai He

If there is one place in the world where the Cold War has not ended, it is the Korean Peninsula. If there is one place in the world where a “power transition war” may take place, it is East Asia where China and the United States or China and Japan will fight for power and influence in the future. It is imperative for policy makers and scholars to explore sustainable security architecture in East Asia so that these security challenges and threats can be addressed and managed appropriately and peacefully. I propose a dual-track institutional approach to manage the “hard” and “soft” security challenges in the region. Through targeted and innovative designs of multilateral institutions, states can pursue both balancing and socialization goals in coping with the security challenges in East Asia.

Kai He is an Associate Professor of International Relations in Griffith Asia Institute and Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University in 2009-2010. Before Griffith, he taught at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark as well as Utah State University, Georgia State University, and Spelman College in the United States. He is the author of China’s Crisis Behavior: Political Survival and Foreign Policy (Cambridge, 2016) and Institutional Balancing in the Asia Pacific: Economic Interdependence and China’s Rise (Routledge, 2009) as well as the co-author of Prospect Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis in the Asia Pacific: Rational Leaders and Risky Behavior (Routledge, 2013). He has received several internationally competitive fellowships and grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the East-West Center in Washington D.C. in the United States, the Korea Foundation and the East Asia Institute in Korea, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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By: Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) - Queensland Branch