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In this public seminar, five Georgetown University professors who specialize in Asia discussed the future of U.S.-Asia relations, offering their insights on some of the most important issues in the region, ranging from politics and security to climate and energy.

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What are some of the most pressing issues in Chinese foreign policy today? In this presentation, Professor Reardon-Anderson will review Chinese foreign policy decisions in the last few decades and discuss many new challenges faced by the government in Beijing, including the issues of Xinjiang, Tibet, island disputes, and energy. 

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What sparked the protests in Hong Kong in 2014? Could these protests diminish the chances of Taiwan's unification with the mainland and dismantle the "one country, two systems" formula? In this panel discussion, a group of experts will exchange views on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and their significance to the politics and security of East Asia.

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The South China Sea appears to be on the verge of conflict. In the past two years, Chinese Coastguard ships have rammed their Vietnamese rivals, blockaded Philippine outposts, disrupted Malaysian oil surveys, and threatened Indonesian fisheries protection vessels. The Chinese government claims "indisputable sovereignty" over the vast majority of the Sea while its southern neighbors assert that all or some of the islands in the Sea rightfully belong to them. In this presentation, Bill Hayton, BBC News journalist and the author of South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia (Yale University Press, 2014), locates the origins of the disputes in the nationalist anxiety that marked the confused transition from empire to republic in China and the processes of decolonization in Southeast Asia. He shows how the first territorial claims were provoked by the commercial exploitation of bird droppings and then how the lure of hydrocarbons combined with the adoption of a new UN Convention on the Law of the Sea led to the occupation of almost every feature in the Sea. Hayton tells the often bizarre stories of how the rival claims came about, examines the evidence for them, and discusses whether they can ever be reconciled.

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The SFS Asian Studies Program, with generous support from the Office of Global Engagement, the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, and the Center for Australian, New Zealand & Pacific Studies, hosted the Honorable Kevin Rudd. Mr. Rudd, Australia's 26th Prime Minister, visited Georgetown University on 2 October 2014 for private breakfast with faculty and students. Mr. Rudd discussed the rise of China and alternative futures for U.S.-China relations, and the event was moderated by Dr. Michael Green, Associate Professor of International Affairs in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  

Mr. Rudd served as Australia's Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, then as Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, he returned to the Prime Ministership. As Prime Minister, Mr. Rudd led Australia's response during the Global Financial Crisis and played an important role in the creation of the G20. As Foreign Minister, he was a driving force in expanding the East Asia Summit (EAS) to include both the United States and Russia in 2010. Today, Mr. Rudd remains engaged in various international challenges, including the rise of China, climate change, and sustainable development. Mr. Rudd received his bachelor's degree in Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

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On 4 October 2014, high-ranking North Korean officials paid an unprecedented surprise visit to Incheon, South Korea. Their officially stated purpose was to participate in the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Asian Games, but both South Korean and international media have perceived this event as a possible indicator of instability in Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un has not made any public appearance in more than a month, and the country's de facto no.2 and no.3 leaders made a surprise visit to South Korea. Rumors say there was a coup in Pyongyang that forced Kim out of power. What is going on inside North Korea?

Listen to our short interview with Dr. Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor of International Affairs & Government and Director of Asian Studies, to learn more about recent developments in North Korea.

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Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan, spoke to Georgetown University students and faculty on Hiroshima's efforts towards global denuclearization.

Hidehiko Yuzaki is the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. He founded ACCA Networks Co, Ltd. and was appointed the Executive Vice President & Representative Director. Prior to this, he served in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as the Deputy Director, American Division, Trade Policy Bureau. He was also the Deputy Director, Nuclear Industry Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. Mr. Yuzaki holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University and graduated from the University of Tokyo.

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Using the background context of the Korean War as the starting point for its inquiry, Dr. John P. DiMoia examines the origins of a new medical sub-field, rehabilitative medicine, or 재활 의학, immediately prior to, during, and following the Korean War. DiMoia looks specifically at the origins of a growing network of medical exchange between the United States and South Korea through a survey of two specific sites of practice: the first site is the National Rehabilitation Center located in Tongnae (near Busan), South Korea that represents the immediate wartime and post-war legacy of the merging field in the South Korean context, with a facility designed for injured soldiers taking on a reconfigured form beginning in the mid-1950s with the United Nations assistance, specifically the United Nations Korea Reconstruction Agency; the second site is the Institute of Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine at New York University, which stands as one of the world's leading centers for rehabilitative medicine.

John P. DiMoia is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. This event was held to promote the Asian Studies Program's Public Health in Asia Initiative.

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The SFS Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University, as part of its Public Health in Asia Initiative, hosted a panel discussion in collaboration with the Georgetown Medical Center's Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The event featured regional, policy, and health experts who presented on the new avian influenzas in East Asia and their global health policy implications.


Carol BenedictProfessor and Chair, Department of History, Georgetown University

Elizabeth CameronDirector, Countering Biological Threats, White House National Security Council Staff

Victor Cha, D.S. Song Professor of Government and Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

Joseph Ferrara, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Georgetown University

Jennifer Huang, Associate Professor, Department of International Health and Georgetown-Fudan Global Health Summer Program in Shanghai, China

Daniel Lucey, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University, Medical Center

Phillip Nieburg, Senior Associate, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Michael Soto, Professor of Health Systems Administration and Popular Health, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies

Kanta Subbarao, Chief, Emerging Respiratory Viruses Section, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, NIAID, National Institute of Health (NIH)

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As part of the SFS Asian Studies Program's Lunch with an Ambassador event series, Ambassador Stapleton Roy spoke to Georgetown students and faculty about his career in the US foreign service, China's rise, and U.S.-China relations.

Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy is a Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Stape Roy was born in China and spent much of his youth there during the upheavals of World War II and the communist revolution, where he watched the battle for Shanghai from the roof of the Shanghai American School. He joined the US Foreign Service immediately after graduating from Princeton in 1956, retiring 45 years later with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the service. In 1978 he participated in the secret negotiations that led to the establishment of US-PRC diplomatic relations. During a career focused on East Asia and the Soviet Union, Stape’s ambassadorial assignments included Singapore, China, and Indonesia. His final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. On retirement he joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, before joining the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in September 2008 to head the newly created Kissinger Institute. In 2001 he received Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Public Service.

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