International Lecture Series #1:
The China/Japan Confrontation in the East China Sea
Speaker: Ambassador Michael H. Armacost
Cost:$15 CIR Members (or $36 for the series of 3 lectures); $20 Non-members & Guests (or $48 for the series of 3 lectures)
Location: The Forum – Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive
Michael Armacost is the Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. In a 24 year U.S. government career, Ambassador Armacost served as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and the Philippines; following his government service he was President of the Brookings Institution from 1995-2002. He graduated from Carleton College and earned his master’s degree and doctorate in public law and government from Columbia University. He has received the President’s Distinguished Service Award, the Defense Department’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Services Award and the Japanese government’s Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
While confrontations in the South China Sea have received much attention recently the confrontation between China and Japan over the Senkakus/Daioyu islands in the East China Sea is at least as dangerous. Our first talk will illustrate how this dispute more directly connects to U.S. security treaty commitments and broadens the scope of concerns to a geography of particular significance to China and two U.S. security partners in Asia: Japan and Korea.