China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing
June 29, 2013

The 2013 conference – Islands of Contention: History, Culture and Power – will focus on new research in fields such as diplomacy, history, international conflict management, global political economy, international relations, peace studies and strategic theory. Participants in this ongoing series of conferences represent numerous disciplines, and often employ inter-disciplinary methods in developing their research.

2013年会议会遵循之前的惯例,涵盖外交、历史、国际冲突管理、世界政治经济学、国际关系、和平学和战略学等各领域的新近成果,并欢迎学者发表其他相关领域或跨领域的研究成果。

Conference Theme: Islands of Contention: History, Culture and Power

The past twelve months in East Asia has been marked by numerous island centered incidents. In the East China Sea and the South China Sea (Diaoyu /Senkaku, Dokdo/Takeshima and Paracels, Scarborough Shoals, Spratly) the overlapping claims by states are old, but the islands have been both targets and symbols of renewed policy and power projection. Arising from these islands of contention China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the ASEAN states are forced to manage significant and incendiary issues such as rising domestic populism, regional integration goals, resource scarcity concerns, broader global relations (in particular with the United States), with these all bounded by centuries of historical and cultural variances. It is thus not surprising that they each have both different claims and positions regarding resolution of these island centered incidents. In addition, China and Japan each have new leaders and thus opportunity to pursue or dispel their most recent claims and positions.

The unresolved disputation has divergent effects on the politics, economy and security of all nation-states but as a result of the interdependence of the modern economy and the capacity of military technology these regional disputes are of global concern. How do the individual states and/or economies conceive the islands? What are the opportunities and how and why are they being contested? What are the unresolved or emerging issues which constrain and divide those with vested interests? Do the differing historical, cultural and power capacities oblige the Islands of Contention to be regional and global threats to security? Are there any precedents of how resolution was successfully sought in other regions or historical periods?

Beyond the conference theme all paper proposals with a China focus are considered. Exemplar issues that may be deliberated include the overt extension of Chinese maritime attentions into the Indian Ocean; new visions of bilateral, regional or multilateral relations; new fields of interaction across the playing fields, of for example, global economies, technology and even space; new theoretical concepts and critiques; the differing roles of great, middle or small powers; the pace, place and conceptions of development and democracy with regard to security, stability and other political and economic goods. Our 2013 theme – Islands of Contention: History, Culture and Power – looks to synthesize and generate multi-disciplinary reviews and analysis. What are your ideas? Share and publish them through the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference!

本年度会议的主题为“岛屿争端:历史、文化与权力”。近来关于东海和南海岛屿的纷争不断,相关各方包括中国、日本、韩国、台湾以及一些东盟国家。在不同历史、文化及国内外政治因素的作用下,相关各方对于争论中的岛屿常常同时进行主权宣誓或坚持现有的占领和持有政策,对于解决这些岛屿争端也采取了不同的立场,或者主张迥异的路径。这种复杂的局面不仅将区域内外的国家牵涉在内,还成为了整个世界安全的隐患。怎样能通过学者们从各个不同角度切入进行的学术研究,对这些难以解开的谜团进行条分缕析,对于其中的认同、利益、挑战以及可能的解决方案得出更为清晰的认识,是我们会议的主旨所在。同时,其他与中国有关的研究也欢迎参与!希望您与我们分享您的研究想法,并通过我们这个平台发表您的文章!!

Scholarship from the Conference 本次会议出版的作品列表:

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A Regional Security Complex Account of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Conflict 以地区安全复合体理论解读钓鱼岛/尖阁诸岛冲突

Lukas Karl Danner, Florida International University

Arms Races, Security Dilemmas and Territorial Disputes in the East and South China Seas 軍備競賽、 安全困境與在東部和南中國海的領土爭端

Malcolm R. Davis, Bond University

BRICS as a geopolitical entity

Victoria V. Panova, Moscow State University Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)

European and other arms sales to the local parties, and UN and other restrictions on arms to areas of tension

David Fouquet, European Institute for Asian Studies

Impetus to BRICS Development: A Chinese Perspective

Yue Cui, China Foreign Affairs University

Japan and South Korea: A ‘virtual’ strategic partnership

Thomas Wilkins, University of Sydney

Process Matters: Conflict Resolution Insights for the South China Sea Dispute 过程很重要:对化解南中国南海争端的见解

Elizabeth S. Dahl, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Taiwan in the 1960s and 1970s: Lost Opportunity for Independence?

Tracy Steele, Sam Houston State University

The Islands of the South China Sea 南中国海诸岛

Shelley Parkinson, Bond University

The Mercantilist Motive for Territorial War 领土争夺战背后的重商主义动机

Jonathan H. Ping, Bond University

The Semantics of Cyber Warfare 网络战的语义

Jason Fritz, Bond University

The US-China-Japan Trilateral Dialogue: Motives, Functions and Results

Gaye Christoffersen, Johns Hopkins University

U.S. Involvement in the Sino-Japanese Diaoyu/Senkaku Conflict: Finding Solutions for Stability in the East China Sea 美国介入中日钓鱼岛/尖阁诸岛冲突:求解中国东海稳定困局

Ulises Granados, Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology ITAM