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Dec 08

Strategic Consensus in the Indo-Pacific: A Security Partner Dialogue

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The news cycle is full of stories testifying to aggressive Chinese maritime and other military or paramilitary activity, new sophisticated Chinese military capabilities, and hints of strategies that appear directly opposed to the collective interests of the U.S and its allies and security partners in the Indo-Pacific. Capitals in the region are seeking ways to effectively push back. Yet, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Taiwan, and all others in the region also have a stake in maintaining a relatively positive relationship with China, particularly in the area of economics. How do security establishments craft strategy in such an environment? Is there the prospect that they can reach consensus on how to address the challenge China is presenting them? Join us for a special full-day event where top officers and experts discuss these issues and attempt to chart the way forward.

9:30 a.m. - Regional Domain, Part 1: Strategic Challenges in the South China Sea/East China Sea Littoral

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Wallace “Chip” Gregson, Senior Director for China, Center for the National Interest
Thomas Mahnken, Ph.D., Director of Advanced Strategy Program, SAIS/Chair of Economic Geography and National Security, U.S. Naval War College
Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka, President, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Command and Staff College

11:15 a.m. - Keynote Address

Abraham M. Denmark, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, U.S. Department of Defense

12:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Regional Domain, Part 2: Blue Seas, Indian Ocean, and the Challenge of PRC Out-of-Area Operations

Admiral (Ret.) William J. Fallon, Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations & Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
Seth Cropsey, Director, Center for American Seapower, Hudson Institute
Admiral (Ret.) Arun Prakash, Former Chief of Navy and Chairman, Chiefs of Staff, India
Vice Admiral (Ret.) David Shackleton, Former Chief of Navy, Australia

2:30 p.m. - Regional Domain, Part 3: Security and Economic Interdependence

Peter Jennings, Executive Director, Australian Strategy Policy Institute
Phillip Saunders, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Fellow, CSR/ Director, CSCMA, National Defense University
The Honorable Hideshi Tokuchi, Former Vice Minister of Defense for International Affairs, Japan

3:30 p.m. - Building Strategic Networks – Summary and Recommendations

Featured Speaker
Admiral (Ret.) Dennis Blair, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The Honorable Hwang Jin Ha, National Assemblyman and Lieutenant General (Ret.), Republic of Korea
Patrick Cronin, Ph.D., Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, CNAS
Rear Admiral (Ret) Michael McDevitt, Senior Fellow in Strategic Studies, CNA


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