Capitol Hill – April 30, 2014

On April 30, 2014, CPOST co-sponsored a conference on Capitol Hill with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), founder and co-chair of the Senate U.S.-China Working Group, titled Beyond the Pivot: Managing Asian Security Crises.  The conference brought together prominent academics, policymakers, and members of the think tank community to discuss preventing low-level security crises, which are increasingly frequent, from escalating into larger conflict.  Speakers included Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA), Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA), and Dr. Victor Cha (Korea Chair, CSIS). 

Please check out our Conference Agenda

Also please view our Conference Agenda in Chinese, translated from English to Chinese by CPOST Graduate Research Associate Hanfeng Liu!

As part of the conference, each participating scholar wrote a short memo explaining their research, analysis and policy recommendations for handling potential crises in East Asia. Additionally, "The Monkey Cage" at the Washington Post, a blog that publishes political science research with policy implications, has published several of these policy memos in blog form. Below, please find each scholar's policy memo, as well as Monkey Cage blog posts.  For a full policy memo booklet, please click here

Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA)

Rick Larsen is a seven-term Congressman from Washington's second district, currently sitting on the House Armed Services Committee. At the conference, he spoke on the need for communication and strategic cooperation between the United States and China in the interest of defusing East Asian conflicts.

Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA)

Charles Boustany is a five-term Congressman from Louisiana's third district. At the conference, he discussed prospects for mutually beneficial economic cooperation between the United States and China, and how that cooperation could outweigh security competition.

SHEN Dingli, Fudan University

Policy Memo: Shaping Effective Cooperation on Nuclear Nonproliferation

WANG Dong, Peking University

Policy Memo: Coercion with Restraint: China and Extended Coercive Diplomacy

Jack Snyder, Columbia University

Policy Memo: Antidotes to the Dangers of Rising Powers, 1914 and 2014

Monkey Cage Blog: Five Lessons for China on 'Peaceful Rise' from 1914

Victor Cha

Victor Cha is the Korea Chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of Asian studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served as director of Asian affairs for the National Security Council (NSC) from 2004 to 2007, earning two Outstanding Service Commendations, and he was the deputy head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks in Beijing.

Jennifer Lind, Dartmouth College

Policy Memo: Geography, Technology, and Crisis Escalation in U.S.-China Relations

Keir Lieber, Georgetown University

Policy Memo: Conventional War and Nuclear Escalation

WU Riqiang, Renmin University

Policy Memo: Avoiding Sino-U.S. Inadvertent Nuclear Escalation

XIN Qiang, Fudan University

Policy Memo: The Strategic Uses for China's New Carriers

Andrew Kydd, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Policy Memo: China, the United States and Korean Unification

Monkey Cage Blog: Korean Unification Now!

Dali Yang, University of Chicago

Dali Yang is the founding Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Beijing Center. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on the politics and political economy of China.

Valerie Hudson, Texas A&M University and Andrea den Boer, University of Kent

Policy Memo: Demographics, Internal Stability and Security in China

Monkey Cage Blog: The Security Risks of China's Abnormal Demographics

Robert Pape, University of Chicago

Policy Memo: Establishing a Workable U.S.-China Hotline (CHILINK)

Monkey Cage Blog: A Hotline to Cool Asian Crises

Please check back soon for summaries, videos, and more!