The first half of 2016 has been marked by a steady increase in diplomatic disputes, and at times tensions, over maritime security in East Asia, specifically in the East and South China Seas. Disagreements over issues including the augmentation of reefs in the South China Sea, the commencement of ‘freedom of navigation operations’ (FONOPs) in that waterway by the United States, ongoing differences between China and Japan over the demarcation of the East China Sea, and the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration over a case brought by the Philippines over the legal status of the ‘nine-dashed line’ in the South China Sea, have raised numerous security concerns in the Western Pacific. Who are the old and new actors in the region, and what are their current and future goals? How will maritime security dominate the foreign policy dialogue in East Asia this year, and what roles, if any, can Europe play in cooling regional anxieties?
NUPI invites you to a public lecture on these topics with Dr. Marc Lanteigne.
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