Life after the rebalance: Pyongyang and Trump’s Asia policy

When

6.00pm–7.30pm

30 March 2017

Where

Boardroom, United States Studies Centre, Institute Building, City Road, University of Sydney

Type

Public event

Topics

Foreign policy, defence and strategy

North Korea is likely to be the first major foreign policy crisis for the fledgling Trump Administration.

Pyongyang is steaming ahead with its nuclear weapons program and is increasing provocative missile tests, causing the US to rush through its deployment of an anti-ballistic missile battery to South Korea. Meanwhile, a power vacuum has open in Seoul in the wake of a bizarre corruption scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye, leaving the country in caretaker mode until elections in May. China remains an uncertain partner and Japan is eyeing greater defence spending as a way to deter North Korea’s regional instability. This comes as the Trump Administration is conducting a top-to-bottom review of its North Korea policy, with reportedly ‘all options on the table.’ A new report, America First: US Asia Policy under President Trump, by Research Fellow Ashley Townshend previews how the Trump Administration views the region.

Perth USAsia Centre CEO Gordon Flake, Associate Professor Justin Hastings from the University of Sydney, USSC Research Fellows Ashley Townshend and Brendan Thomas-Noone and Dr Danielle Chubb from Deakin University discussed the growing concern over North Korea and in the context of Trump’s Asia policy.

Featuring

  • Dr Danielle Chubb
    Dr Danielle Chubb
    Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Deakin University

    Danielle Chubb is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and a member of the POLIS group in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She previously held positions at Pacific Forum CSIS, The Australian National University and Hawaii Pacific University. Danielle’s main research interests are transnational activism, the policy dynamics of the Korean peninsula, the role of non-traditional actors in security arenas, and Australian foreign policy. Her book, Contentious activism and inter-Korean relations, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014.

  • Professor Gordon Flake
    Professor Gordon Flake
    Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

    L. Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January 2014. He was previously Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and prior to that Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.

  • Associate Professor Justin Hastings
    Associate Professor Justin Hastings
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney

    Justin Hastings is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Comparative Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, where he is also affiliated with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the China Studies Centre, and Centre of International Security Studies.

  • Brendan Thomas-Noone
    Brendan Thomas-Noone
    Research Fellow, Alliance 21 Program, United States Studies Centre

    Brendan Thomas-Noone is a Research Fellow in the Alliance 21 Program at the United States Studies Centre where he works on national security and technology issues, US defence and foreign policy and Indo-Pacific security.

  • Ashley Townshend
    Ashley Townshend
    Acting Director, Foreign Policy, Defence and Strategy, United States Studies Centre

    Ashley Townshend is Acting Director, Foreign Policy, Defence and Strategy at the United States Studies Centre. He works on US-Asia relations, alliance politics, and international security. He also lectures at the University of Sydney and previously worked at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.