Victor Cha: Ripe for Rivalry
In 1993, several mainstream international relations experts claimed that Asia was ripe for rivalry. They argued that Asia would become the next conflict hotspot due to a combination of nationalism, power rivalries, historical animosity, arms buildups, and energy needs. Instead, the region became the engine of world growth, home to an economic boom that has lifted millions out of poverty and shaken up the global balance of power.
Two decades later, Asia’s moment of reckoning might have finally arrived. Numerous potential conflicts have the potential to change the political landscape. Join Victor Cha as he explains how the status quo between the region’s powers is now shifting in troubling and perhaps irreparable ways.
Registration and Reception: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
About Victor Cha
Victor Cha joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies in May 2009 as a senior advisor and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair. He is also a professor of government and director for Asian studies at Georgetown University. From 2004 to 2007, Cha served as director for Asian affairs at the White House on the National Security Council (NSC). At the NSC, he was responsible for Japan, the two Koreas, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island nations. He also served as the U.S. deputy head of delegation for the Six-Party Talks. Victor Cha is a recipient of numerous academic awards, including two Fulbright scholarships and MacArthur Foundation fellowships. Dr. Cha also spent two years as a John M. Olin National Security Fellow at Harvard University and as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). In 1998, he was the Edward Teller National Security Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. In 2008, he was the William J. Perry Fellow, also at Stanford. He has acted as a consultant on East Asian security issues for different branches of the U.S. government, and he received two Outstanding Service Commendations during his tenure at the White House. Victor Cha is the author of several books and is also a frequent contributor and guest analyst for various media outlets.