Conflict in the South China Sea Conference: Law, Politics, and Diplomacy

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On May 4, 2015, the Journal of Political Risk will host a working lunch conference on the South China Sea dispute  at the Harvard Club of New York City (35 West 44th Street, New York, NY, 10036). The conference will focus on all aspects of the dispute, including but not limited to:

  • Shifting the Balance of Power: Strategic Impact of Island Militarization in the South China Sea
  • The Nine-Dash Line and International Law
  • The Environmental Impact of Artificial Islands in the South China Sea
  • Diplomacy and Influence in the South China Sea Dispute
  • Naval Strategy and Clashes in the South China Sea
  • International Implications of Precedents in the South China Sea
  • Oil and Gas Disputes in the South China Sea
  • Trade and Sea Lanes of Control in the South China Sea
  • Fishing Disputes and the South China Sea
  • Historical Claims and the South China Sea
  • Public Opinion and the South China Sea
  • Strategic Implications of Alternate South China Sea Dispute Outcomes

Papers given at the conference will be compiled and released in a forthcoming book.

The Chinese Navy performs work to reclaim Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea. (Philippine Armed Forces)

Speakers at the conference will include:

Anders Corr, Ph.D. (Moderator) is the Publisher of the Journal of Political Risk.

Gordon G. Chang (Speaker) is the author of two books: Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World (Random House, 2006) and The Coming Collapse of China (Random House, 2001).

Bill Hayton (Speaker) is the author of several books, including The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in East Asia (Yale University Press, 2014) and Vietnam: Rising Dragon (Yale University Press, 2010).

Gregory Poling (Speaker) is a Fellow and the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asian Studies and Pacific Partners Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

David Denoon, Ph.D. (Discussant) is a Professor of Politics and Economics at New York University and the Director of the NYU Center on U.S.-China Relations.

Benjamin Liebman, Ph.D. (Discussant) is the Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School.

Please check back for more updates on speakers at the event.

Registration: 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Event: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Cost: $100 per person.

Graduate students, professors, and professionals are invited to submit papers for presentation at the conference and inclusion in a collection of papers to be published by a university press. Undergraduate students are invited to submit a poster for presentation at the event.  To submit a paper, poster, or register your attendance, please contact JPR staff at [email protected].