November 15, 2016, 15:30-17:30  Venue:CIGS Meeting Room3

Professor Anthony Saich Seminar "The US Administration's Asia Policy"

The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on November 15, 2016 inviting Professor Anthony Saich from Harvard Kennedy School.

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(Prof. Saich, Prof. Nishida, Mr. Kurihara from the left)

Seminar outline
Title: "The US Administration's Asia Policy"
Speaker: Anthony Saich, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, CIGS
Commentator: Tatsuya Nishida, Associate Professor, Hiroshima City University
Moderator: Jun Kurihara, Research Director, CIGS


Presentation by Professor SaichPDF:325KB

Summary of speech and Q&A

Summary of speechPDF:260KB

Summary of Q&APDF:205KB

Abstract of the Speech
After Election Day in the United States, the president-elect will have to deal with a number of issues in Asia centering on China. With China making a strong push in the region using incentives such as the development of the BRICs bank, the AIIB and One Belt-One Road and adopting a more assertive policy with respect to sovereignty, the new administration will have to decide whether to continue the previous policies of engagement or adopt a stronger approach to combat China's increasing influence. Is the divide between an economic Asia dominated by China and a security Asia dominated by the US a danger? What might the US do to ameliorate this situation? Will TPP be carried through and what are the consequences if the US pulls back? Is China wooing former allies of the US, such as Thailand and the Philippines away?

Speaker's profile
Anthony Saich (Distinguished Visiting Scholar, CIGS)
At the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), he serves as a professor of international affairs, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia, and Faculty Chair of the China Programs.
He is active in the broader Harvard community, serving as a committee member of the Harvard Council on Asian Studies, and a steering committee member of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative and the Harvard China Fund.
Outside Harvard, he has important positions including Chair, Board of Trustees, China Medical Board (CMB) and a board member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and of AMC Entertainment Inc.