The contemporary struggle in Asia is as much about competing strategic ‘imaginaries’ as it is about military or economic power. Geopolitics is a way of framing the world; it rests on imagining and prioritizing some form of connectivity: which parts are connected to each other more importantly than with others? Thus, geopolitical competition is essentially a contest over which imagined connected community is most important.
Goh analyses the three main competing strategic imaginaries of Asia today: the ‘Asia-Pacific’; a revived ‘Greater Asia’ made possible by China’s resurgence; and the ‘Indo-Pacific’ visions. All three will persist for the foreseeable future, and will affect how international actors deal with Asia.
Date: Wednesday 21 July 2021, 6-7 pm (AEST)
Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU, where she is also Deputy Director (Research) of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. Her research expertise lies in Asian security and international order. Her latest book (co-authored with Barry Buzan) is Re-thinking Sino-Japanese Alienation: History Problems and Historical Opportunities (Oxford University Press, 2020). She is the Lead Chief Investigator of SDSC’s research and engagement program on ‘Strategic Policy for the Asia-Pacific in Transition’, and CI of the ARC Discovery Project on ‘The Infrastructure of China’s Influence in Southeast Asia’.
영국의 글로벌 대학 평가 기관인 QS(Quacquarelli Symonds)가 최근 발표한 ‘2021년도 전공별 세계대학순위 – 정치학 부문’에서 미국 하버드대학교가 1위 자리를 차지했다. 그 뒤를 이어 프랑스 파리정치대학(Sciences Po), 영국 옥스퍼드대학교, 미국 프린스턴대학교, 영국 런던정치경제대학교(LSE)가 이름을 올렸다. 호주에서는 호주국립대학교(ANU), 시드니대학교, 멜버른대학교가 각각 9위, 44위, 46위(공동)에 올라 세 대학이 정치학 분야에서 50위권 내에 자리했다. 한편, 캐나다 토론토대학교은 27위, 한국의 서울대학교는 멜버른대와 함께 공동 46위에 이름을 올렸다.
(by RSIS NTU) “We live in an ‘age of uncertainty’. On the one hand, a power transition seems to be upon us: China has risen, the United States’ resolve and commitment are uncertain, and other regional powers with different political systems are also resurgent. On the other hand, unprecedented globalised inter-dependence creates connectivity and vulnerability in equal measure. Alongside these trends, the onset of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” promises rapid and unpredictable technological change that could revolutionise defence, economic, and social organisations and relations.”
“Amid these rapid and seemingly chaotic shifts, the inter-connections between economics and security not only become more complex, but also more urgent and significant. In what follows, the most important elements of our age of uncertainty are distilled.”
Prof Evelyn Goh, Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies, and Research Director at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, is the author of the working paper “The Asia-Pacific’s ‘Age of Uncertainty’: Great Power Competition, Globalization and the Economic-Security Nexus”. Prof Goh shares with us the key findings and takeaways in this video. She explains the ways in which the economic-security nexus needs to be understood and managed in the Asia Pacific if we are to weather the ongoing transition.
(by University of Washington Press) South Korea’s triumphant development has catapulted the country’s economy to the eleventh largest in the world. Large family-owned conglomerates, or chaebŏls, such as Samsung, Hyundai, and LG, have become globally preeminent manufacturing brands. Yet Korea’s highly disciplined, technologically competent skilled workers who built these brands have become known only for their successful labor-union militancy, which in recent decades has been criticized as collective “selfishness” that has allowed them to prosper at the expense of other workers.
Hyung-A Kim tells the story of Korea’s first generation of skilled workers in the heavy and chemical industries sector, following their dramatic transition from 1970s-era “industrial warriors” to labor-union militant “Goliat Warriors,” and ultimately to a “labor aristocracy” with guaranteed job security, superior wages, and even job inheritance for their children. By contrast, millions of Korea’s non-regular employees, especially young people, struggle in precarious and insecure employment.
This richly documented account demonstrates that industrial workers’ most enduring goal has been their own economic advancement, not a wider socialist revolution, and shows how these individuals’ paths embody the consequences of rapid development.
Hyung-A Kim is associate professor of Korean history and politics at the Australian National University. She is author of Korea’s Development under Park Chung Hee: Rapid Industrialization, 1961–1979.