‘Will there be peace in Asia Pacific in 2017?’ – Defence strategies and regional security in Asia Pacific
28-29 December 2016, Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok

Agenda   Report   Photos

Agenda

Wednesday, 28 December

Prof. Dr. Klaus Larres, Member, Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, USA

Asia Pacific Defence Strategies of the Major Powers: USA”

Prof. Dr. Hall Gardner, Chair, Department of International and Comparative Politics, American University of Paris, France

“Asia Pacific Defence Strategies of the Major Powers: Russia”

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Koichiro Bansho, Advisor, National Security Council, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan, Japan

“Asia Pacific Defence Strategies of the Major Powers: Japan”

Dr. Li Nan, Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore

“Asia Pacific Defence Strategies of the Major Powers: China”

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Ashok Hukku, former Chief Military Intelligence Advisor in the Cabinet Secretariat at New Delhi, India

“Asia Pacific Defence Strategies of the Major Powers: India”

 

Thursday, 29 December

Dr. Ananda Devi Domingo-Almase, National Defence College Philippines, Philippines

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Toan Thang, Faculty of International Law, Hanoi Law University, Viet Nam

“Conflict spots and scenarios: The South China Sea”

Prof. Dr. You Ji, Head, Department of Government and Public Administration, China

Dr. Lam Peng Er, Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore

“Conflict spots and scenarios: East Asia”

Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation, India

“Conflict spots and scenarios: The Indo-Pakistani Conflict”

Report

On 28-29 December 2016, an international security conference at the Sukosol Hotel Bangkok rounded off CPG’s public events in 2016. Under the title “’Will there be peace in 2017’ – Defence strategies and regional security in AsiaPacific” the conference addressed the question of the prospects for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific in the light of the defense and military strategies of major powers for this region and their ramifications for conflict scenarios in 2017. The event brought together 11 speakers from 9 countries (China, France, India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines, USA, and Vietnam).

Among the speakers were CPG Director Henning Glaser, Prof. Dr.  Klaus  Larres,  Institute  for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, Prof. Dr. Hall Gardner, Department of  International  and  Comparative Politics, American University of Paris, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Koichiro Bansho,  Advisor  in  the  National Security Council of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Dr. Li Nan, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Ashok Hukku, former Chief Military Intelligence Advisor in the Cabinet Secretariat at New Delhi, Dr. Ananda Devi Domingo-Almase, National Defense College Philippines, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Toan Thang, Faculty of International Law,  Hanoi  Law  University,  Prof.  Dr.  You  Ji,  Head,  Department  of Government  and  Public  Administration, University of Macau, Dr. Lam Peng Er, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, and Sushant Sareen, Vivekananda International Foundation.

The first presentation was held by Henning Glaser, who assessed the current security situation in the Asia-Pacific and pointed at critical developments with the potential to lead to instability and crises, even to military clash between powers.

He was followed by five presentations dealing with the Asia- Pacific related defence strategies of the major powers USA, Russia, Japan, China, and India by Klaus Larres, Hall Gardner, Koichiro Bansho, Li Nan, and Ashok Hukku, respectively. They shared their insights on each country’s security strategies and policies, as well as the ramifications and spill-over effects of those on the security situation in the region.

Subsequently, scenarios of future development of various conflict spots in the region were presented by Ananda Devi Domingo-Almase and Nguyen Toan Thang (South China  Sea),  You Ji and Lam Peng Er (East Asia), and Sushant Sareen (Indo-Pakistani dispute over Kashmir).

All presentations were followed by discussions making the conference a highly informative and lively event.