November 17, 2015/ 12:15 PM

Law School 1420 Los Angeles CA

Fraught Security in Asia - 70 years after WWII

Susan Shirk, UCSD; Gene Park, LMU; Philip Yun, Ploughshares Fund; moderated by Kal Raustiala, UCLA Burkle Center.

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The panelists will discuss the post WW-II relations and still fraught dynamics between China, Japan, and Korea.  70 years after the end of World War II, why do tensions and animosity persist? Although European states have largely settled their differences, the Pacific realm continues to experience friction. This panel seeks to explore the reasons as to why this is the case and conceivably, what could be done.  



 is an associate professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. He specializes in comparative politics, international relations, and political economy.  Park's research focuses broadly on understanding the reciprocal relationship between politics and markets. Current projects include a comparative study of the politics of budget deficits, a study of Japanese monetary policy, and a survey study on the determinants of tax attitudes. His publications include a co-edited volume (with Eisaku Ide) –Shifting Fortunes: Deficits and Debt in the Industrialized Democracies (Routledge, early 2015) – and a book entitled Spending without Taxation: FILP and the Politics of Public Finance in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2011). His work also has appeared or is forthcoming in: Asian Survey, Governance, and The Pacific Review. Prior to arriving at LMU, he taught at Baruch College, City University of New York. Professor Park has been a Shorenstein Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia Pacific Research Center (APARC) and a summer Japan Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He also spent two years as a researcher at Japan’s Ministry of Finance.


SUSAN L. SHIRK is Ho Miu Lam Endowed Chair in China and Pacific Relations, Director of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and Professor at UCSD. She first traveled to China in 1971 and has been doing research there ever since. From 1997-2000, Shirk served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. In 1993, she founded, and continues to lead, the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), an unofficial “track-two” forum for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials and academics from the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the Koreas. Shirk served as a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, the Board of Governors for the East-West Center (Hawaii), the Board of Trustees of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and an emeritus member of the Aspen Strategy Group. As Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group, Shirk assists private sector clients with issues related to China and East Asia. Shirk's publications include her books, How China Opened Its Door: The Political Success of the PRC's Foreign Trade and Investment Reforms; The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China; Competitive Comrades: Career Incentives and Student Strategies in China; and China: Fragile Superpower. Her edited book, Changing Media, Changing China, was published in 2011.

 is currently Executive Director and COO of Ploughshares Fund. Prior to joining Ploughshares Fund, he was a vice president at The Asia Foundation (2005-2011), a Pantech Scholar in Korean Studies at the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University (2004-2005) and a vice president at the private equity firm of H&Q Asia Pacific (2001-2004). Mr. Yun was a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of State (1994-2001), serving as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. During this time, he also worked as a senior advisor to two U.S. Coordinators for North Korea Policy -- former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and former Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. Mr. Yun was a member of a government working group that managed U.S. policy and negotiations with North Korea under President Clinton and was part of the U.S. delegation that traveled to North Korea with Secretary of State Madeline Albright in October 2000. 


is director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and faculty director of the International Education Office. A professor at UCLA Law School, he holds a joint appointment with the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. Professor Raustiala's recent publications include Fake It Till You Make It: The Good News About China’s Knockoff Economy, Foreign Affairs (July/August) 2013 (with Chris Sprigman), NGOs in International Treatymaking, in Duncan Hollis, ed, THE OXFORD GUIDE TO TREATIES (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Empire & Extraterritoriality in 20th Century America, 40 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW, (2011). His book, Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? The Evolution of Territoriality in American Law (2009), was published by Oxford University Press. Professor Raustiala has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Chicago, and was a fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He serves on the editorial boards of International Organization and the American Journal of International Law and is a blogger for A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Duke University, and the University of California, San Diego.


Photo: Korea-Japan-China Trilateral Summit meeting in October 2009. (©Republic of Korea/Wikimedia Commons, 2009CC BY-SA 2.0.)

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Asia Pacific Center

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