15th Annual Corinne Lyman Lecture on International Studies
The Rise of China and the New Balance of Power in East Asia
Robert Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College, Associate, John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:30 p.m. - Merrick Hall 301
Significant advances in the rise of Chinese economic and military power have transformed the East Asian balance of power. China is rapidly developing naval capacities throughout East Asia and it is challenging U.S. maritime hegemony and regional security interests. This transformation in great power relations presents a formidable challenge to regional stability and to U.S. foreign policy in East Asia and through the world. The implications of this new balance of power are evident in recent Chinese and U.S. security policies. But it is not clear whether the United States possesses the resources or the political resolve to develop an effective response to the rise of China. But it is also not clear that the U.S. is prepared to adjust to this new reality.
The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: From Solving to Managing
Terence Roehrig, Professor of National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College; Research Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. - Merrick 301
For years, analysts and officials have spoken of “solving the North Korea problem.” Yet not all problems in international relations can be solved and increasingly, it appears North Korea is one of them. Pyongyang will not give up its nuclear weapons and views them as central to the regime’s security. Moreover, achieving the goal of denuclearization may only be possible with regime change, an option that would lead to a disastrous war that no one wants. As a result, we need to start thinking of this problem more in terms of managing it than finding a solution.