Canberra | US strategy in Asia and countering Chinese maritime coercion

Presented in partnership with the National Security College at the Australian National University

When

6.00pm–7.00pm

4 May 2017

Where

Brindabella Theatre, Level 2, Crawford Building #132, 1 Lennox Crossing, Australian National University

Type

Public forum

Topics

Foreign policy, defence and strategy

Cost

Free with registration required

Recent events, such as tensions with North Korea and Vice-President Pence’s visit to the region, confirm that that United States has not forgotten about Asia. But the key question is: does the Trump Administration have a strategy, or is it just reacting to events? There remains uncertainty about how Washington will deal with deep strategic challenges, such as China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.

In this public seminar, prominent US security experts David B. Shear and Dr Zack Cooper, offered their assessments of the region’s chief strategic problems and what the US can and should do. This included insights from new research by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Chinese maritime coercion and how it can be countered.

The United States Studies Centre's Alliance 21 Program partnered with the National Security College at the Australian National University for this event.

 
 

Featuring

  • Ambassador David B. Shear
    Ambassador David B. Shear
    Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

    Ambassador David B. Shear served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from September 2014 to June 2016, and performed the duties of Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from June 2016 to January 2017. During this period he oversaw the strategic aspects of President Barack Obama’s “rebalance to Asia” alongside Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter.

  • Dr Zack Cooper
    Dr Zack Cooper
    Research fellow, American Enterprise Institute

    Zack Cooper is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on US defense strategy in Asia, particularly the importance of working closely with regional allies and partners. He has co-authored reports on the US-Australia alliance while working at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He previously served on staff at the US National Security Council and the US Department of Defense. He completed his BA from Stanford University and MPA, MA, and PhD from Princeton University.

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