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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Asia Pacific Round Table

Thu, April 24, 2008 • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM • WEL 2.304

We would like to invite you to join us for a round table discussion on the current and future configuration of inter-state relations in the Asia-Pacific region, as seen from respective capitals of major regional powers: Japan, China, Australia, India, and, Washington.

1. What is the most appropriate date for marking "change" -- e.g., end of the cold war, Asian financial crisis, nuclear tests?

2. Are traditional conceptions of (military, territorial, national)security still the most useful ways of mapping elite thinking? If yes, for which elites? If not, what has replaced it?

3. What are currently the most important bilateral relationship(s) for each country? Is it the same relationship in all sectors, i.e., trade, economics, security?

4. What is the current state of thinking about the future? I.e., do elites talk of a regional/global future post the current state of US hegemony? Can they imagine new multilateral organizations or security relationships that might embody this future?

5. How does think about the relationships between the others (at least where these are important - e.g. Are cooperative trade and energy deals between China and Australia unnerving or reassuring to Japan, or does Tokyo simply not care?).

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Center for East Asian Studies, The Robert S. Strauss Center, and Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

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