U.S.- China Strategic Competition


[EAI Online Seminar] COVID-19 and the New World Order Series 2. "Post-Corona Order in the Asia-Pacific"

  • 2020-06-19
  • T.J. Pempel, G. John Ikenberry, Evelyn Goh, Chaesung Chun, Sook Jong Lee


The East Asia Institute (EAI) hosted an online seminar on “Post-Corona Order in the Asia-Pacific” as the second online event of the COVID-19 and the New World Order series. The seminar hosted Professor T.J. Pempel (University of California at Berkeley), Professor G. John Ikenberry (Princeton University), Professor Evelyn Goh (Australian National University), Professor Chaesung Chung (Seoul National University; Chair, National Security Research Center, EAI), as speakers, and the session was moderated by Professor Sook Jong Lee (Sungkyunkwan University; Senior Fellow, EAI). The participants discussed a range of topics including the COVID-19 crisis and U.S.-China strategic competition, post-election U.S. leadership, and middle power role and strategies.


Date & Time: June 19, 2020 (Friday), 9:00 - 10:40 KST


Speakers:       T.J. Pempel (Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley)

   G. John Ikenberry (Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University)

   Evelyn Goh (Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies, Australian National University)

   Chaesung Chun (Chair, National Security Research Center, EAI; Professor, Seoul National University)

Moderator:    Sook Jong Lee (Senior Fellow, EAI; Professor, Sungkyunkwan University)




T.J. Pempel is the Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D from Columbia University. He is a presidentially-appointed Commissioner on the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and also an active participant of the Northeast Asian Cooperation Dialogue. His current research is on Asian adjustments to the rise in global finance and the decline in security bipolarity. Previously, he has authored Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a RegionRegime Shift: Comparative Dynamics of the Japanese Political Economy (both by Cornell University Press); Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia and The Economic-Security Nexus in Northeast Asia (both by Routledge). In 2015, he co-edited Two Crises; Different Outcomes (Cornell University Press) about the negative Asian experience in the 1997-98 crisis and the positive outcome in 2008-09. His newest book, Region of Regimes: Prosperity and Plunder in the Asia-Pacific is forthcoming in 2021. In addition, he has published over one hundred twenty scholarly articles and chapters in books. Previously, he served as director of the Institute of East Asian Studies and Il Han New Chair of Asian Studies from 2002 until 2006, and at the University of Washington in Seattle as the Boeing Professor of International Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies and an adjunct professor in Political Science.


G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He currently serves as the Co-Director of Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Global Eminence Scholar at Kyung Hee University. He is the author of A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order (Yale, 2020) and Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American System (Princeton, 2011). His book, After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (Princeton, 2001), won the 2002 Schroeder-Jervis Award presented by the American Political Science Association for the best book in international history and politics. Ikenberry is the co-author of Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the 21st Century (Princeton 2009), which explores the Wilsonian legacy in contemporary American foreign policy, and also the editor or co-editor of fourteen books, including America Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power (Cornell, 2002), The End of the West? Crisis and Change in Atlantic Order (Cornell 2008) and Unipolarity and International Relations Theory (Cambridge, 2011), alongside 130 journal articles, essays, and book chapters. Previously, Ikenberry was the 72nd Eastman Visiting Professor at Balliol College, Oxford. Most notably, in a recent survey of international relations scholars, Ikenberry was ranked 10th in scholars who have produced the best work in the field of IR in the past 20 years, and ranked 8th in scholars who have produced the most interesting work in the past 5 years.


Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University, where she is also Director of Research at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, and the Convenor of the Graduate Research and Development Network on Asian Security (GRADNAS). She received her DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. She held previous faculty positions at Royal Holloway University of London; the University of Oxford; and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Her publications include The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2013); ‘Great Powers and Hierarchical Order in Southeast Asia: Analyzing Regional Security Strategies’, International Security 32:3 (Winter 2007/8):113-57; and Constructing the US Rapprochement with China, 1961-1974 (Cambridge University Press, 2004)She edited Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia (Oxford University Press, 2016); and her latest book (co-authored with Barry Buzan) is Re-thinking Sino-Japanese Alienation: History Problems and Historical Opportunities (Oxford University Press, 2020).


Chaesung Chun is the chair of the National Security Research Center at the East Asia Institute, and a professor of the department of political science and International relations at Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from Northwestern University. He serves on the policy advisory committee to the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Unification. His main research interests include international political theory, the ROK-U.S. alliance, and Korean Peninsular affairs. He is the co-author of The Korean War: Threat and Peace, and the author of a number of publications including Are Politics Moral and International Politics in East Asia: History and Theory.


■ Sook Jong Lee is a professor of public administration at Sungkyunkwan University and senior fellow of the East Asia Institute. She has been directing the Asian Democracy Research Network since its formation in 2015, leading a network of about nineteen research organizations across Asia to promote democracy with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy. Her recent publications include Transforming Global Governance with Middle Power Diplomacy: South Korea’s Role in the 21st Century (ed. 2016), and Keys to Successful Presidency in South Korea (ed. 2013 and 2016).



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