New Great Power Relations and Reshaping Regional Structures 新型大国关系与重塑地区结构

11th Annual East Asia Security Symposium: Conference
China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing
5 July 2014

The 2014 conference – New Great Power Relations and Reshaping Regional Structures – 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.

Peer Reviewed Research Output Opportunities

The conference offers participants two peer-reviewed research output opportunities.

  • Peer-Reviewed Conference Paper: Those participants wishing to have their conference paper peer-reviewed and published may request this in consultation with the conference directors and should do so prior to the conference. The East Asian Studies Center at China Foreign Affairs University regularly publishes peer reviewed papers as does the East Asia Security Centre’s Peer-reviewed Publishing Site at Bond University. You may publish in English, Mandarin or both.
  • Book Chapter: From the 2009 conference presentations Bond University Press has published the book Chinese Engagements: Regional Issues with Global Implications (Hardcopy and Kindle Version). From the following conference presentations the book China’s Strategic Priorities is to be published by Routledge Press. Both books have been co-edited by the directors of the conference Brett McCormick and Jonathan H. Ping. Our expectation is to continue compiling appropriately related papers for similar book publications.

Format and Eligibility

Conference presentations are ten minutes in length; all customary presentation facilities are provided. All registered participants in the East Asia Security Symposium are eligible to present papers. Non symposium participants are able to present but must submit an abstract (500 words) for review prior to the conference and pay a US$150 conference fee. Applicants will be notified of acceptance within two weeks of abstract submission.

Conference Theme: New Great Power Relations and Reshaping Regional Structures

In 2013-14 the People’s Republic of China (PRC) held the Third Plenary Meeting of the 18th Party Congress. A domestic outcome was the creation of a new concept for the shifting of the power structures – the Leading Group on the Comprehensive Deepening of Reform. A new model of regional major power relations was proposed and the PRC declared the formation of an expanded Air Defence Identification Zone which required the United States of America (US) and Japan to further consider their role and actions in the region beyond the ongoing disputes over islands such as the Diaoyu/Senkaku. Economically the PRC increased its policy focus on its domestic market; more efficient use of capital and higher levels of productivity. This occurred within the broader global environment of continued rebalancing of US and European Union priorities in the face of ongoing economic downturns. Do these events constitute new great power relations and the reshaping of regional structure? How do these changes affect individual states and/or economies in the region? What are the motivations and opportunities being sought? Are there any consequential challenges or problems?

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 2014 theme – New Great Power Relations and Reshaping Regional Structures – 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!

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Dr Brett McCormick - Director of Global Studies, University of New Haven (USA) 203-479-4988