Stuck in the Middle? Southeast Asian Choices in an Increasingly Multipolar World


About the Webinar

Competition among the world’s great powers is increasing, raising difficult questions about the positioning of many countries, particularly those in Southeast Asia. Although some characterise this as a competition between the United States and China, the reality is much more complex. The emerging global competition is not bipolar, but multipolar, with a number of different power centres. Many countries, including in Southeast Asia, are attempting to stay neutral or non-aligned to avoid having to choose. But many other countries are aligning together on specific issues: security, economics, technology, or global governance. How are these coalitions likely to evolve and what groupings will arise in the years ahead?

About the Speaker

Dr. Zack Cooper was a visiting senior fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He also teaches at Princeton University, is a partner with Armitage International, and co-hosts the Net Assessment podcast for War on the Rocks. He previously served on staff at the Pentagon and the White House. He has also worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He is the co-editor of two books with Michael Green: Postwar Japan and Strategic Japan and is currently writing a book on the rise and fall of great militaries. Dr. Cooper received a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.


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Apr 12 2023


9:30 am - 10:30 am