Asan Plenum

Session: Session 4 / Grand Ballroom 3
Date/Time: April 23, 2014 / 10:30-11:45

Choi Kang, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Paul Evans, University of British Columbia
Ken Jimbo, Keio University
Scott Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations
Teng Jianqun, China Institute of International Studies
Gilles Vander Ghinst, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Panel Description
The structure and purpose of security arrangements have changed significantly since the Second World War. From the US-led “hub-and-spokes” system in Northeast Asia to the more informal relations pursued by China in Southeast Asia, regional security mechanisms have varied in structure and membership. As countries in East Asia seek to build new forms of multilateral or mini-lateral security, the perspectives of major powers as facilitators or inhibitors of cooperation become essential. The experience of different cooperative security arrangements such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Association of Southeast Asian Nations begs the question of whether similar mechanisms are possible in East Asia. Furthermore, if such mechanisms are viable, what forms of multilateral security are likely to emerge?