5:00 PM Reception
5:30 PM Lecture
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
1002 George Bush Drive West
College Station, TX 77843
While the American alliance system in Asia has been fundamental to the region's security and prosperity for seven decades, today it encounters challenges from the growth of China-based regional organizations. How was the American alliance system originally established in Asia, and is it currently under threat? How are competing security designs being influenced by the United States and China? In Powerplay, Dr. Victor Cha draws from theories about alliances, unipolarity, and regime complexity to examine the evolution of the U.S. alliance system and the reasons for its continued importance in Asia and the world.”
Dr. Victor Cha is the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair at CSIS in Washington, DC, and holds the D.S. Song-KF Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 2004 to 2007, he served as director for Asian affairs at the White House on the National Security Council (NSC), and was the deputy head of delegation for the United States at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing over North Korea's nuclear program. He is the author of Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle; Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies, with David Kang; Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia; and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future and Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia. Dr. Cha holds a BA, an MIA, and a PhD from Columbia University, as well as an MA from Oxford University.