Scholars Gather to Discuss South China Sea

March 4, 2017

On Friday, March 3, ISS and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy hosted a conference on the South China Sea. ISS’s own Wen-Qing Ngoei kicked off proceedings by discussing the history of ASEAN in the Cold War, and suggesting some analogies to the contemporary situation. Some of the subsequent presentations focused on providing a deeper understanding of particular problems, such as the continued progress of China’s island-building despite the recent arbitration ruling in favor of the Philippines, or the comparative regional strengths of the PLAN and the US Navy. Others connected those problems with the broader economic and political situation. ISS’s Acting Director, Nuno Monteiro, provided some concluding remarks and led a vibrant discussion that debated whether the region in fact deserves the attention that it receives.

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