South China Sea: Central to Asia-Pacific Peace and Security

March 13-15, 2013

Vietnamese border guards watch the U.S. 7th Fleet's U.S.S. Blue Ridge entering Tien Sa port in Danang on April 23, 2012, ahead of five days of joint naval exercises between the U.S. and Vietnam. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/GettyImages)


Asia Society and the Centre on Asia and Globalization (CAG) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore jointly hosted a two-day conference on the unfolding situation in the South China Sea area and its implications for regional peace and stability.

Held at Asia Society New York from March 13-15, 2013, the conference drew on the expertise of 15 leading scholars, experts and former practitioners from academia, research institutions, and think tanks from the U.S., China, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, and Australia.

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Click here to download Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy's keynote address

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Opening Evening Dinner Reception and Program

Ticking Time Bomb? Finding a Resolution to the South China Sea Dispute

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Panel Discussions Day 1
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Panel 1: The U.S.-China Relationship in the South China Sea

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Panel 2: Origins of the Disputes

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Panel 3: Roles of International Law and Governance

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Panel 4: ASEAN's Position on the South China Sea and Implication for Regional Peace and Security

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Panel Discussions Day 2
Friday, March 15, 2013

Panel 5: Finding a Way Toward Cooperation: Lessons and Suggestions

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Click HERE to view full participants' biographies

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy
Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States; former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, China, and Indonesia

Ambassador Christopher Hill
Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Dr. Patrick Cronin
Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Mr. Walter Lohman
Director of Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha
Director General of the Department of International Law and Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Viet Nam

Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan Anh
Vice Dean of International Law Faculty, Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam

Major General Zhu Chenghu
Dean of the Defense Affairs Institute, National Defense University of the People's Liberation Army, People's Republic of China

Dr. Zhang Xinjun
Associate Professor of Public International Law, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Professor Robert Beckman
Director of the Centre of International Law, National University of Singapore

Mr. Angelo Azura Jimenez
Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific Basin for Energy Strategies, Inc.

Dr. Huang Jing
Professor and Director of Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG), National University of Singapore

Ms. Yang Fang
Research Associate at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG), National University of Singapore

Professor Bernard Oxman
Richard A. Hausler Professor of Law, University of Miami

Mr. Stephen Loosley
Chair of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra; Deputy Chair of Asia Society, Australia

Mr. Henry Bensurto
Incoming Assistant Secretary of the West Philippine Sea Center (WPSC), Department of Foreign Affairs of Philippines

Dr. Lynn Kuok
Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Professor Jerome A. Cohen
Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Co-Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute

Dr. David Denoon
Professor of Politics and Economics; Director, New York University Center on U.S.-China Relations

Dr. Duncan McCargo
Professor of Southeast Asian Politics, University of Leeds