2011-2012 Events

"Leadership Change in East and Southeast Asia: Regional and Global Implications"

Asia is poised for transformation in the coming decade.  Leadership elections are imminent in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea.  Japan's ruling party must contend with the environmental and political consequences of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake.  China prepares for an intraparty transfer of power while North Korea grooms a successor to Kim's dynasty.  Major political changes are highly possible in a range of Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.  Meanwhile, the United States looks ahead to fall 2012 congressional and presidential elections that will shape American foreign policy in the years to come.

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) is committed to addressing these and other issues through the program series "Leadership Change in East and Southeast Asia: Regional and Global Implications" (2011-2013), which looks at empirical shifts in governance and policy within the context of wider regional and global trends.  In what ways might a new administration change multilateral power dynamics?  How can history inform our understanding of contemporary society?  And what will be the impact of these shifts on local and global communities?

The events in this series will examine contemporary East and Southeast Asian societies from political, social, economic and historical perspectives and provide in-depth analysis of these changes in real time, drawing upon the knowledge of scholars, politicians, and experts in the region and beyond.

Spring 2012 Events

April 11 (Wednesday)

Sixth Annual Borton-Mosely Distinguished Lecture on Eurasia

"The Chinese Communist Party, the U.S., and the Year of Selection and Elections"
Richard McGregor, Washington Bureau Chief, The Financial Times
Moderated by Alexander Cooley, Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Faculty House, Presidential Level (3rd Floor)
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Co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute

February 14 (Tuesday)

Roundtable Discussion

"Leadership Succession in North Korea: Regional and Global Implications"
Charles Armstrong, Director, Center for Korean Research
Jeong-Ho Roh, Director, Center for Korean Legal Studies
Sue Mi Terry, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Joel Wit, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Moderated by Curtis Milhaupt, Director, Center for Japanese Legal Studies
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
William and June Warren Hall, Room 209
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Co-sponsored by the Center for Korean Research, the APEC Study Center, and the Center for Korean Legal Studies

 

Fall 2011 Events

November 16 (Wednesday)

Special Lecture

"Political Progress and Change in Taiwan: A DPP Perspective"
Bi-khim Hsiao, (GSAS '95), Spokesperson, Tsai Ing-wen Presidential Campaign 2012; Vice President, New Frontier Foundation
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
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October 28 (Friday)

Center for Korean Research Conference

"Power Shifts in Northeast Asia"
Keynote speaker TBA
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9:00 AM – 4:45 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Peace Affairs, the Center for Korean Legal Studies, and the Korea Society

October 7 (Friday)

Special Lecture

"Japan's Role in Managing the Global Economy"
Motohisa Furukawa, Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
Moderated by Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Casa Italiana
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Co-sponsored by the Center on Japanese Economy and Business, the Japan Student Study Association, and the Japan Business Association

September 20 (Tuesday)

Seventh Annual Lecture on Japanese Politics

"Crisis and Response: The Tōhoku Disaster and What It Means for Japan's Future"
Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
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Co-sponsored by the Center on Japanese Economy and Business

 

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