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The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) co-hosted an event with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago, Illinois entitled Asian Perspectives on US Foreign Policy. At a luncheon discussion at the office of the Chicago Council, Dr. Park Jin and Dr. Kuik Cheng-Chwee presented on how Korea and countries in Southeast Asia are evaluating the U.S. rebalance to Asia and are anticipating U.S. foreign policy toward Asia during the last two years of the Obama administration. Dr. Terence Roehrig explained what the U.S. is trying to do in Asia and how Asia policy might look with continuing problems in the Middle East and with Russia in Europe garnering so much attention.
Much of the discussion in the question and answer session centered on recent developments with countries stating their willingness to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiated by China. Moreover, questions and concerns were raised over the possibility of the Trans-Pacific Partnership completing the negotiations and getting passed by the U.S. Congress. There are big opportunities for the United States in Asia, but the countries in Asia are assessing and utilizing many of their options to allow them to not solely rely on China or the United States.
On March 26, 2015 KEI hosted a panel at the 2015 Association for Asian Studies Conference titled
“Dealing with North Korean Provocations: Regional Military Responses and the Hope for a Diplomatic Solution”
A Chinese Perspective on Dealing with North Korean Provocations
Xiaohe Cheng, Renmin University of China
U.S. Deterrence Strategies and Alliance Cooperation Efforts in Response to North Korean Military Threats
Terence Roehrig, U.S. Naval War College
Japan’s Military Response to North Korean Provocations
Bonji Ohara, The Tokyo Foundation
South Korea’s Deterrence Strategy and Policies for Better Intern-Korean Relations
Kyudok Hong, Sookmyung Women’s University
Moderator: Nicholas Hamisevicz, KEI