Title: Hegemony in Flux and its Ramifications: The Wane of Pax-Americana and Its Impact in the Indo-Pacific
Stream: International Relations
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Tosh Minohara, Kobe University, Japan (organizer, chair)
Jiann-Fa Yan, Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (discussant)
Mishra Rahul, University of Malaya, Malaysia (presenter)
Aleks Babovic, University of Osaka, Japan (presenter)
Sana Hashimi, University of Taiwan, Taiwan (presenter)
Jelena Glisic, Research Institute for Indo-Pacific Affairs, Japan (presenter)
Brian Walsh, Osaka City University, Japan (discussant)
The Indo-Pacific region faces three primary security threats. First, the economic, political and military expansionism by China. Second, the persistent North Korean nuclear threat. And third, the relative decline of American global influence and the departure from its traditional approach to alliance management to one that is more cost sensitive. Combined with rising pressure over the Sino-US trade dispute, these trends could have serious ramifications in the future of the Indo-Pacific region as the existing security architecture becomes further strained.
With this as a backdrop, panelists who are security specialists of US, Europe, India, China, Taiwan, and Japan will examine the possible future scenarios and highlight the pitfalls that may lie ahead, especially amid a more militarily robust and assertive China. Considering this, what is of critical importance is how we interpret the future of American influence in the region. Will there be a Guam Doctrine-esque move by President Trump which will greatly alter the geopolitical realties of the Indo-Pacific region. These are but a few of the key questions that this panel will address as we enter a new decade with much less clarity than the one that preceded it.