Monday, September 30, 2013




Hello my biped friends around the world. I want to thank one of my Buddies in the Houston area for alerting me to this learning opportunity for some of you about to take place in Washington DC. I'd love top to be able to credit my buddy by name but like so many of the bipeds associated with the AAIS and the AAB his employers take a dim view of organizations that make a habit of speaking truth to power.  Being in the truth business we are constantly on the look out for "reliable sources", those individuals and organizations that can be relied on to check their facts before publishing anything as facts, those individuals and organizations with some serious subject matter expertise who are willing to admit to the occasional mistake, those that avoid spin doctoring. So it pretty well goes without saying that we trust nothing that comes from any political party, either house of Congress or legislators generally, the white House, or most of America's specialized media. We've introduced you to some of our reliable sources in the past and carried gratis their seminar advertisements. By now, if you have been visiting for a few weeks at least you've no doubt noticed the trust we place in the U.S. Naval Institute, WORKBOAT MAGAZINE, THE WATERWAYS JOURNAL. and the National Mariner's Association, particularly their numbered report system. Two groups that we normally ascribe reliable source status to are the Reserve Officer's Association, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute. On Tuesday October 8, 2013 these two reliable sources will be sponsoring a free seminar in Washington DC on economic integration within Asia and between Asia and other nations especially the United States. China as an exception to the observable norms will be examined. If you are anywhere near the DC area this would be well worth your while to attend. While the seminar is free reservations are required. All of the necessary information and contact information is below:


Announcing a Conference and Webcast on
The Great Divergence? 
Economic Integration and Political Conflict in Asia

Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute
And the Reserve Officers Association

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Reserve Officers Association 
One Constitution Avenue, NE Washington D.C. 20002-5618


Free and Open to the Public
Reservations required
Luncheon included
Also available via video webcast

Register to attend in person:
Register for the webcast:
or telephone: (215) 732-3774 x303
Please provide name, affiliation and contact info.
If attending in person please indicate if you will be staying for lunch.

Economic integration has become extensive within Asia and between
Asia and other regions, including the United States. But the
political-security side of the story has been very different. PRC trade
initiatives have faced skepticism for their possibly political motives,
including cultivating economic dependence that can be used for
political leverage on many issues. The United States has pursued
the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a means to promote trade
agreements among a group that includes mostly market
democracies. China has been excluded, in large part on “values”
grounds and views the TPP as potentially a U.S.-led device for
containment and a means to counter China’s growing dominance in
an economically integrated East Asian Region. 

More broadly, expanding economic ties between many Asian
states—and even the United States—and China have coexisted with
growing frictions and expectations that more serious conflict was
possible, likely or inevitable in relations with China.  Reflecting and
contributing to this pattern have been: disputes in the South China,
East China and Yellow Seas, uncertainty in Taiwan about what
would happen if cross-Strait negotiations turned to political issues
and sovereignty, “hedging” strategies by many Asian states that
have sought closer security ties with the U.S. in response to a more
powerful and assertive China, and the much-discussed U.S.
“strategic pivot” or “rebalancing” toward Asia.

This conference will address: whether the apparent disjunction in
economic and political-security affairs is real, significant and likely
to endure; what the pattern portends for international relations in
Asia; and how the U.S. and regional states could respond to protect
and advance their interests.

Complete Agenda
All times Eastern time

8:30 a.m.  Registration and Refreshments 

8:50 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks 

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  

Panel: Japan, China and the East Asian Region

    June Teufel Dreyer
    Senior Fellow, FPRI
    Professor of Political Science, University of Miami/Coral Gables

    Gilbert Rozman
    Senior Fellow, FPRI
    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Princeton University 

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.  

Panel: Beyond the Great Powers: Southeast Asia and Taiwan

    Felix Chang
    Senior Fellow, FPRI

    Scott Kastner
    Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Maryland 

    Vincent Wang
    Senior Fellow, FPRI
    and Professor of Political Science, University of Richmond

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  Luncheon

    Remarks by Harry Harding
    Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
    University of Virginia 

12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.  

Panel: U.S.-China Relations and U.S. Policy

    Robert Sutter
    Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University

    Harry Harding
    Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
    University of Virginia  

    Jacques deLisle
    Director, FPRI Asia Program
    Stephen Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania 

1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  

Panel: India and South Asia

    Sumit Ganguly
    Senior Fellow, FPRI
    Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Indian Cultures and Civilizations, Indiana University 

    Deepa Ollapally
    Research Professor of International Affairs the Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    George Washington University 

3:00 p.m.  Adjournment

For additional event information and updates:

For more information, contact:
Harry Richlin
Tel: (215) 732-3774 x102

Foreign Policy Research Institute
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19102-3684


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