Cross-Strait Series: Intra-Asian Security Cooperation

September 13, 2018 - 11:30 am

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
Cross-Strait Series: Intra-Asian Security Cooperation in a Dynamic Geopolitical Environment

A discussion with:
Mr. Brian Harding
Deputy Director and Fellow, Southeast Asia Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Daniel Kliman
Senior Fellow of Asia-Pacific Security Program
Center for a New American Security

Ms. Yuki Tatsumi
Co-director of the East Asia Program and Director of the Japan Program
Stimson Center

Moderated by:
Ms. Shannon Tiezzi
The Diplomat
Please join the Atlantic Council's Asia's Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, for a discussion of recent developments in intra-Asian security cooperation and their long-term implications for US strategy in Asia.

Recent developments in the Taiwan Strait, on the Korean Peninsula, and around the South China Sea have seen questions about Asian security cooperation come into sharp focus. In a dynamic geopolitical environment, joint military exercises, arms sales, and alliance networks can profoundly shape regional security calculus.  

How can we understand the dynamics behind intra-Asian security cooperation taking place today? What does effective regional security cooperation look like? In what ways do national defense industries collaborate and compete in the region, and what opportunities or risks do they create? How should the US government approach arms sales to Indo-Pacific allies moving forward? Ultimately, what are the long-term strategic prospects for the United States in a complex intra-Asian cooperative security environment?

Examining these questions, the Atlantic Council will bring together a panel of experts as part of its Cross-Strait Seminar Series to discuss the future of intra-Asian security cooperation. 

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The discussion will be held September 13, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Council. The event is open to press and on the record.
Questions? Please contact Mr. Shaun Ee 
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Mr. Brian Harding serves as deputy director and fellow of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. Mr. Harding has more than a decade of experience in Southeast Asian affairs. Before joining CSIS in 2018, he served as director for East and Southeast Asia policy at the Center for American Progress, where he led a major expansion of the Center’s Asia policy initiatives. From 2009 to 2013, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) at the Pentagon as country director for Asian and Pacific security affairs. There, he managed defense relations with major US partners in Southeast Asia and Oceania—including Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand—and advised senior Department of Defense leadership on Asia-Pacific regional strategy. In this position, he played an instrumental role in several high-profile defense policy initiatives, including agreements to station US Marines in Darwin, Australia, and littoral combat ships in Singapore.

Prior to working at the Department of Defense, Mr. Harding served as a CSIS research associate and helped build the CSIS Southeast Asia Program, the first of its kind in the Washington think-tank community. In positions with Eurasia Group and Monitor 360, Mr. Harding has advised multinational corporations, financial institutions, and the US government on political risk and leadership dynamics in Southeast Asia. He possesses a deep understanding of Southeast Asian culture and society based on years of living in the region. He holds an MA in Asian studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and a BA in history and Japanese studies from Middlebury College. He has studied at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia.

Dr. Daniel M. Kliman is the senior fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) as well as an officer in the US Navy Reserve. His expertise lies in Asia-Pacific strategy, particularly on United States competition with China.

Prior to joining CNAS, Dr. Kliman served as senior adviser for Asia Integration in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he executed multiple international engagements focused on defense innovation and advised US Department of Defense leadership on maritime security issues.

Dr. Kliman was also a senior adviser with the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he created the Young Strategists Forum to educate emerging leaders from the United States, Japan, and other major democracies about geopolitical competition in the Asia-Pacific region. 

He holds a BA in political science from Stanford University and received a PhD in politics from Princeton University. He has authored two books and is published in prominent outlets such as The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Ms. Yuki Tatsumi is co-director of the East Asia Program and director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center. Previously, she worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington. 

In September 2006, Ms. Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations regarding Japan’s relationship with its Asian neighbors. In addition, she received the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award. In recognition of her contribution in advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan, she was awarded the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan.

Ms. Tatsumi is the author and co-author of numerous articles on strategic issues and US policy in East Asia. She is also the editor of four earlier volumes of the Views from the Next Generation series: Peacebuilding and Japan (Stimson Center, 2017), Japan as a Peace Enabler (Stimson Center, 2016), Japan’s Global Diplomacy (Stimson Center, 2015), and Japan’s Foreign Policy Challenges in East Asia (Stimson Center, 2014).

She holds a BA in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an MA in international economics and Asian studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Ms. Shannon Tiezzi is editor at The Diplomat.

Her main focus is on China, and she writes on China’s foreign relations, domestic politics, and economy. Shannon previously served as a research associate at the US-China Policy Foundation, where she hosted the weekly television show China Forum. She received her AM from Harvard University and her BA from The College of William and Mary. Shannon has also studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing.