Security Experts from Japan, China, South Korea and the U.S. Discuss How to Improve Regional Ties

Managing Tension and Preventing Conflict in Northeast Asia

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6:30 pm, at Japan Society

New York, NY - Concerns have been rising over the mounting tensions in Northeast Asia and the potential for accidental conflict due to increased militaristic posturing in the region. Territorial disputes between China, Japan and South Korea, along with escalating levels of nationalism, have contributed to a chilling of relations between the major countries of the region. At the same time, the U.S. is making a concerted effort to increase its presence in the region while encouraging diplomacy between the nations.

In Managing Tension and Preventing Conflict in Northeast Asia, a panel of distinguished foreign policy leaders and academic experts from Japan, China, Korea and the U.S. discuss the current state of regional security and relations in Northeast Asia in order to determine how to improve ties and prevent conflict. The panel takes place Thursday, May 22, at Japan Society.

Agenda: 6:00 pm, check-in and registration; 6:30, panel discussion and Q&A; 8:00-8:30, reception.

Admission: $15. Japan Society Corporate Members are entitled to a designated number of FREE admissions based on their company's membership level. Discounted rates are available for additional Japan Society Corporate Members, certain individual members, government officials and academics. To register or for more information, please email, visit, or call 212-715-1208.

Zhu Feng (panelist) received his PhD. from Peking University in 1991. He is currently a professor at the university's School of International Studies and Deputy Director of the Center for International & Strategic Studies (CISS). He writes extensively on regional security in East Asia, the nuclear issue in North Korea, American national security strategy, China-US relations and missile defense. His recent books are Ballistic Missile Defense and International Security (Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Press, 2001), International Relations Theory and East Asian Security (Beijing: People’s University Press, 2007), and China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and Furure of International Politics (co-edited with Prof. Robert S. Ross, Cornell University Press, 2008).

Yoriko Kawaguchi (panelist) is a former Member of the House of Councilors for the Liberal Democratic Party from 2005 to 2013. She was Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan on foreign affairs from 2004 to 2005; Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2004 and Minister of the Environment from 2000 to 2002. She also served as Co-chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament from 2008 to 2010; Prior to this, Prof. Kawaguchi was a Managing Director of Suntory Ltd, Director General of Global Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and Minister at the Embassy of Japan to the United States. She is a professor at Meiji Institute for Global Affairs.

Chung Min Lee (panelist) is an Ambassador for National Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Professor of International Relations at Yonsei University. He joined Yonsei University in 1998 after a decade at leading think tanks in Korea, the U.S, and Japan including the RAND Corporation, the Sejong Institute, and the National Institute for Defense Studies (Tokyo). Lee is specialist in East Asian security, crisis management, and intelligence and a frequent commentator on inter-Korean and Northeast Asian security issues.

Winston Lord (panelist) is Chairman Emeritus of the International Rescue Committee, the largest non-sectarian organization that both helps refugees aboard and resettles them in the U.S. For three decades Ambassador Lord has been at the center of U.S.-China relations. As Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor he accompanied Henry Kissinger on his secret visit to China and President Nixon on his historic opening in the early 1970s, as well as subsequent trips by President Ford and Dr. Kissinger. From 1985-1989 he served as Ambassador to Beijing under President Reagan and Bush. From 1993-1997 he was Assistant Secretary of State in charge of all East Asian policy, including China, under President Clinton. He was President of the Council on Foreign Relations 1977-85, as well as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and Chairman of the Carnegie Endowment National Commission on America and the New World in the early 1990s.

Donald Zagoria (moderator) is Senior Vice President and Project Director at the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). Prior to joining the NCAFP, Professor Zagoria was a consultant during the Carter Administration to both the National Security Council and the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the State Department. He is the author of four books and over 300 articles on Asian security issues. His book on the Sino-Soviet Conflict, published in 1962, is generally recognized as the seminal work on one of the key turning points in the Cold War–the split between Moscow and Beijing.

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This event is co-organized by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and presented with support from Citi, Deloitte, United Airlines, Mizuho Financial Group, Toyota Motor North America, WL Ross & Co. LLC.

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