Conference on U.S.-ROK Relations — October 10-11, 2016
RAND's Center for Asia Pacific Policy, in cooperation with the Korea-based Sejong Institute, hosted a two-day conference on "Strengthening ROK-U.S. Relations under the New Administration." This conference is sponsored jointly by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the RAND Corporation. Top experts on Korea joined RAND analysts to discuss regional economic and security interests and priorities for the incoming U.S. administration.
Seminar: "Making Waves – Contested Waters in the South China Sea" — October 4, 2016
CAPP and the Asia Society of Northern California jointly hosted this seminar to discuss competing claims to maritime zones and land features in Southeast Asia. Three aspects came under particular focus:
- The July 12, 2016, judgment under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea regarding disputed maritime entitlements between China and the Philippines
- China's position as a large player in the region, and the role of the US as a peacemaker. In a lively discussion with about 100 attendees, panelists discussed the geopolitical and economic factors that might influence outcomes
- The possibility of diplomatic solutions, time-frames in which to evaluate outcomes, and the likelihood of solutions within regional frameworks such as ASEAN.
CAPP Director Rafiq Dossani also discussed the outcomes of a conference held earlier this year at RAND in Santa Monica on "Maritime Issues in the East and South China Seas," and moderated an after-dinner discussion with a smaller group of participants and panelists.
Maritime Issues in the East and South China Seas — September 13, 2016
CAPP director Rafiq Dossani hosted the Indonesian President's Chief of Staff and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Luhut Pandjaitan, as well as other high-level staff for a visit to the Washington D.C. office. Joined by Charlie Ries, Vice President, RAND International, and other researchers, the group discussed multiple policy areas ranging from security to socio-economic issues.
Asia's Changing Strategic and Economic Landscape and Implications for China's Rise in 2016 – March 31, 2016
Dr. Evan S. Medeiros, former senior director for Asia-Pacific affairs at the National Security Council, came to the RAND Santa Monica offices to discuss the evolving economic landscape in Asia and how changes may impact the rise of China. During his time with the NSC, Medeiros served as President Barack Obama's top advisor on the Asia-Pacific and was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific across the areas of diplomacy, defense policy, economic policy, and intelligence affairs.
Maritime Issues in the East and South China Seas – January 12-13, 2016
The RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Los Angeles, top experts joined RAND analysts at a two-day conference to discuss East China Sea and South China Sea maritime and sovereignty issues. The first day, a closed academic session, pre-empted the half-day public discussion on January 13th.
Distinguished panelists addressed questions such as: What insights can be learned from global and regional experiences in managing maritime disputes? What are the relevant economic and political-military dimensions of the issues at stake? How are these issues seen from the perspectives of key actors in Taiwan and China? And what are the prospects of various legal and/or diplomatic solutions that have been put forward by relevant parties?