HPU hosts forum on U.S. and Asia-Pacific relations

July 24, 2012

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University is hosting a special forum that will focus on the United States' relationships with China and India on July 26.

“U.S. Rebalancing in the Asia-Pacific: Implications for the Sino-Indian Relationship,” is co-sponsored by the HPU Department of Social Sciences and the Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Honolulu-based foreign policy research center. The forum is scheduled at the Model Progress Building, Room 246, at 1188 Fort Street Mall, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., with pizza provided for dinner.

Scheduled participants include John Hemmings, a Worldwide Support for Development-Handa (WSD-Handa) Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS, where he focuses on U.S. alliances with a particular emphasis on the U.S.-Japan Alliance and Asia-Pacific security and diplomacy; and Justin Goldman, a WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS, who previously was an Associate Research Fellow in Military Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

The forum will cover a broad array of topics including the idea of Southeast Asia as a competitive geopolitical space, cooperative and competitive elements of the relationship, differing Western perceptions of India and China, and how these shape strategies and narratives. There will also be a discussion on U.S. foreign policy and whether it should shape itself to the rise of these two powers.

The Hawaii Emerging Leaders Program seminars provide the opportunity to meet internationally recognized experts on U.S. foreign policy, hear their views, and acquire unique insights into the foreign policy-making process. Discussion leaders are also prepared to talk about career-related questions. All students, young professionals, and anyone interested in U.S.-Asia relations are welcome to attend.

RSVP by July 25 at 5 p.m. by calling (808) 521-6745 or email ellise@pacforum.org. For more information, contact Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., chairman of the HPU Department of Social Sciences, at (808) 566-2493 or email cjuarez@hpu.edu.