East Asia's Power Vacuum and its Global Implications

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The international community is surrounded by looming uncertainty. The power vacuum in East Asia is resulting in significant challenges to the rule of law; provocations by North Korea have elevated the crisis on the Korean Peninsula to serious global threat, while reports continue to emerge of Chinese assertive behaviour, island building and island militarisation in the South China Sea and reports of continued island building and militarisation. In this lecture, Kuni Miyake will analyse East Asia's security situation based on his geopolitical analysis of major power vacuums throughout the world history, and offer his perspective on the future of the region.

Kuni Miyake is President of the Foreign Policy Institute, a private think-tank in Tokyo; Research Director for Foreign and National Security Affairs at Canon Institute for Global Studies; and Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University. In 2006-7 he was Executive Assistant to Akie Abe in the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan. From 1978-2005 he served in a number of capacities at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Deputy Director-General of the Middle East Bureau; Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Iraq; Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of Japan in Iraq; and Minister at the Embassy of Japan in China.

For further information about this event, please contact Sajid Ali via SajidA@rusi.org.

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