Launch Event: New report on US-China strategic competition in Southeast Asia with Bates Gill, Evelyn Goh and Chin-Hao Huang

Dynamics of US-China-Southeast Asia Relations

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Date & time

Tuesday 12 July 2016


Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU




Bell School

Join us at the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre in Canberra for a special briefing on the United States Studies Centre’s new report, Dynamics of US-China-Southeast Asia Relations. The study marks the culmination of a two-year project, Emerging US Security Partnerships in Southeast Asia, funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

With Southeast Asia increasingly an arena for strategic competition between the United States and China, this timely study assesses the economic, diplomatic and security drivers which shape the complex triangular dynamic of US-China-Southeast Asia relations today and for the future. The report provides recommendations for the incoming US administration and Congress and US partners in the region. Project investigators Dr Bates Gill, Dr Evelyn Goh and Dr Chin-Hao Huang will discuss their findings at this forum.

Light refreshments will be provided after the event.


Dr Bates Gill: Bates Gill is professor of Asia-Pacific strategic studies with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. From 2012 to 2015 he was CEO of the United States Studies Centre and from 2007 to 2012 served as director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. He previously led major research programs at public policy think tanks in Washington, DC (Brookings Institution and Center for Strategic and International Studies) and in Monterey, CA (Monterey Institute of International Studies). Among his professional affiliations, Gill serves on the boards of China Matters (Sydney) and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore) and is a member of the board of advisors for the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and is an associate fellow with the Americas Program of Chatham House.

Dr Evelyn Goh: Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, where she is also the director of research for the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. She is co-editor of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations book series. Her research interests are East Asian security and international relations theory. She has published widely on US-China relations and diplomatic history, regional security cooperation and institutions in East Asia, Southeast Asian strategies towards great powers, and environmental security. Her key publications include Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia and The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in post-Cold War East Asia. She has held previous faculty positions at Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Oxford, and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), and visiting positions at the Woodrow Wilson Center and East-West Center, Washington, DC.

Dr Chin-Hao Huang: Chin-Hao Huang is assistant professor of political science at Yale-NUS College. He specialises in international security, especially with regard to China and Asia. He is the recipient of the American Political Science Association Best Paper Award in Foreign Policy (2014) for his research on China’s compliance behaviour in multilateral security institutions. His field work has been supported in part by the United States Institute of Peace, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Rockefeller Foundation. His research has been published in The China Quarterly and International Peacekeeping, and in edited volumes through Oxford University Press and Routledge, among others. He has testified and presented his work on China’s foreign affairs before the Congressional US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Southern California and BS with honours from Georgetown University. He has previously worked at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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