BY MORE THAN PROVIDENCE: GRAND STRATEGY AND AMERICAN POWER IN THE ASIA PACIFIC SINCE 1783

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

BY MORE THAN PROVIDENCE: GRAND STRATEGY AND AMERICAN POWER IN THE ASIA PACIFIC SINCE 1783

5th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

SPEAKERS: Dr Michael Green – Author of By More Than Providence and Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS; Dr Alessio Patalano – Reader in War Studies, KCL; and Dr John Hemmings – Director, Asia Studies Centre, HJS

Such has been the impact of Michael Green’s new book that Defence Secretary General Mattis has made it recommended reading within the Office of the Secretary of Defence.

In his work, By More Than Providence, Dr Green – who is one of the US’ most well-known thinkers on the Asia-Pacific – has written a historical masterpiece, which reflects upon the policy choices confronted by various US strategists and discusses the choices they made and the reasons behind them.

Drawing upon archives, interviews, and his roles in the Department of Defence and White House, Dr Green looks at how the US has sought to balance its engagement between China, Korea and Japan at various times, and identifies reoccurring themes in US maritime policy and statecraft. Should the US engage forward or draw defensive lines? And how should the US balance its democratic principles with its desire for trade and economic engagement in the region. In a work that looks at the US application of naval power, alliance-creation, and war-fighting, By More Than Providence is a must-read for anyone dealing with the region.

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Dr Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and author of By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 and Dr Alessio Patalano, who will explore and analyse the recurring themes in US maritime policy and statecraft.

Dr Michael Green – With more than 30 years of senior research and policy experience in the US government, within the White House, the DOD, the National Security Council, CSIS, and Georgetown University, Green is a master of the subject, both at the policy-level and at the academic level. His influence on the issue of the Indo-Pacific and on the creation of the Quadrilateral is well-known among policy circles. He is a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and on the advisory board of a number of foreign policy journals and think tanks. He has won awards for his bagpipe playing.

Dr Alessio Patalano is a Reader in War Studies at Kings College London, the Director of the Asian Security and Warfare Research Group, and a Research Associate at King’s China Institute. He is a long-time scholar on maritime power across northeast Asia in the 20th century. He has written widely on the development of Japanese maritime strategy, and on the impact of sea power on international politics in the 20th Century and in the post-Cold War period. He is a Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University Japan.

JOHN HEMMINGSDr John Hemmings is the Director of the Asia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society, and an adjunct fellow at the Japan Chair at CSIS. He has written on foreign and security policy in Northeast Asia for nearly 10 years, and had research positions at the Royal United Services Institute and the Asia Foundation. He recently finished his PhD (2017) at the LSE on US foreign policy in the Asia Pacific, namely in the area of alliance-construction. He lived in Japan for five years.

***

EVENT SUMMARY

On the 5th of July the Henry Jackson Society had the pleasure of hosting Dr Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for the Asia and Japan Chair and author of the book “By More than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific since 1783”. He was accompanied by Dr Alessio Patalano, reader in War Studies at King’s College London. HJS’s Dr John Hemmings, Director of the Asia Studies Centre, chaired the discussion and together the three lead a thought provoking discussion about Dr Green’s book.

Dr Michael J. Green began by explaining why he chose the year 1783 to start his book. Initially he believed he would start from 1945, after World War II, or 1898, after the Spanish American War. But like much history, the roots of American Grand Strategy in the Asia-Pacific go back much further. Thus Dr Green started with 1783 as the beginning date because that is the year Thomas Jefferson had the earliest evidence of strategic thought about the Pacific.

Dr Green then went onto discuss what a Trump Foreign Policy means for the Asia Pacific. In terms of DIME – Diplomacy, Information, Military, and Economy – President Trump has succeeded very well on the “M”, but the rest of the acronym is in disarray. This policy has surprisingly had a positive effect on the American public’s view of alliances as polls indicate that support for alliances in the region are increasing.

The main focus of Dr Green’s talk was the five tensions of American foreign policy in the Pacific. The first tension is that American strategy has always been focused on Europe. Such was evidenced in World War II when Roosevelt agreed with Churchill to attack Germany first even though 80 percent of the American public wanted to attack Japan first. The second tension is whether the centre of American strategy should be continental or maritime. Such was evidenced when the government had to choose between focussing on China or Japan in the 19th century.

The third tension is the question of where to draw the defensive line? In the 1950s Dean Mathis drew America’s defensive line between Korea and Japan which did not include South Korea. North Korea subsequently took advantage of this and invaded the South in hopes that the Americans would back down.

Dr Green finished his speech by addressing the final tensions: free trade versus protectionism and internationalism versus isolationism. Historically the free traders have been in office until now and since 1945 the internationalists have been in office until now. These five tensions are what all administrations have to address moving forward.

Dr Alessio Patalano followed up Dr Green by heaping praise on the book. He took specific interest in how Dr Green combined his diplomatic, intellectual, and strategic history together to form a comprehensive book. Dr Patalano then emphasized that the Asia Pacific is about alliance management, something that Dr Green stresses is a must in his book.

The Henry Jackson was delighted to host the two distinguished guests. Dr Green finished by referencing the great strategic thinker Sir Alfred Thayer Mahan stating the alliances in the region are a privilege and not a right, and only when America bolsters its alliances in the region can it maintain its hegemonic stability in the region.

Details

Date:
5th July 2018
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Tags:
,

Venue

Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

Other

SPEAKER
Dr Michael Green - Author of By More Than Providence and Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS; Dr Alessio Patalano - Reader in War Studies, KCL; and Dr John Hemmings - Director, Asia Studies Centre, HJS
Tickets are not available as this event has passed.

RELATED EVENTS

Eastern European Security: 5 Years from Maidan

26 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in early 2014, gave rise to fears that the Kremlin might try its luck militarily elsewhere … Continued

Women’s Voices In Extremism

25 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It is clear that women serve as facilitators, supporters, and instigators of violence in terrorist movements. This panel will discuss … Continued

UNWRA: Time for a Rethink?

19 February @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

There are many reasons why the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians has foundered. One of the most contentious issues between … Continued

The Price of Prosperity

12 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As President Donald Trump confounds Washington DC and promises to reshape policy from taxation to healthcare to foreign affairs, governments and … Continued

Evolution of Russia’s Foreign Policy: 5 Years from Maidan

6 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Five years ago next month, Russia annexed Crimea in the first forcible annexation of the territory of a European country … Continued

Britain’s Strategic Interest in South China Sea

30 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In late August last year stories began to emerge in the media of a confrontation between the Royal Navy and … Continued

Nationalism and Internationalism in the Age of Populism

28 January @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Western liberalism is under attack, not only at home also but from newly-emboldened authoritarian states abroad. Across the West, states … Continued

Ukraine: 5 Years on from Maidan

24 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In January 2014, Ukraine’s then-President Victor Yanukovych passed a series of ‘anti-protest’ laws to quash growing unrest in the country. … Continued

The Sarawak Report

17 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The 1MDB scandal, the theft of billions of dollars from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, and the attempt to cover it … Continued

Global Britain and the Future of Europe

16 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, its position in relation to the continental mainland is once again … Continued

The Full English Brexit

14 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

“Whether we like it or not, Brexit will happen at 11 PM on 29 March 2019. That much is sure and is … Continued

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties

14 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of Britain and other Western societies: thriving cities versus the provinces, the … Continued

Understanding the Uighur Situation in Xinjiang

10 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In August of last year, human rights experts in the UN called on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to … Continued

Lessons from Churchill for the Contemporary Age

8 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Since the last major biography of Churchill, forty-one sets of papers have been deposited at the Churchill Archives, and The … Continued

Future Politics

19th December 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Future Politics confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform politics and society? … Continued

Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future

12th December 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Though mankind has traded tangible goods for millennia, recent technology has changed the fundamentals of trade, in both legitimate and … Continued

Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order – Implications for “Global Britain”

4th December 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

China’s Belt and Road strategy is acknowledged to be the most ambitious geopolitical initiative of the age. Covering almost seventy countries by land … Continued

Why Middle Eastern Jewish Refugees Are Key to Understanding and Resolving the Israel-Palestine Conflict

27th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jews lived continuously in the Middle East and North Africa for almost 3,000 years. But in just 50 years, indigenous communities … Continued

Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism

22nd November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

India and Turkey were the two exemplars of twentieth-century ‘secular states’ outside of the West. Professor Sumantra Bose believes that … Continued

Movie screening ‘Better Angels’

21st November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At a time when the world’s two acknowledged superpowers seem to be moving closer towards economic and political conflict, a … Continued

Nationalist Populism and the Future of Political Risk in the West

20th November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The political events of recent years have sent shockwaves throughout the established order of Western liberal democracies. Election after election … Continued

Global Britain and Vietnam

20th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As global trade becomes increasingly maritime in nature, so too it is beginning to follow the centre of the global economy, … Continued

The McCain Legacy and the Magnitsky Act

15th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The United States’ adoption of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 marked a watershed in America’s, … Continued

The Future of ‘Global Britain’ as a ‘Seapower State’

13th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Prof. Andrew Lambert’s new book, Seapower States examines how Britain and four other seapowers used their special identities to inform … Continued

The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism

8th November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Dave Rich’s updated edition of The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism (2018) contends that antisemitism is a … Continued

Adam Smith: What He Thought and Why It Matters

6th November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

At a time when economics and politics are ever more polarized between left and right,  Jesse Norman MP in his 'Adam … Continued

The Road to Unfreedom

5th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Long before the election of Donald Trump, Timothy Snyder began to issue warnings concerning threats to American democracy. A leading … Continued

Women, Peace and Security Index

1st November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The status of women offers key insights into a nation's prosperity and security. The first-ever Women, Peace and Security Index offers … Continued

Polonium, Novichok, Propaganda

23rd October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia in 2000, a defining trait of his regime has been its use … Continued

Women and Sharia Law

17th October 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Human Rights activist and Arab scholar Dr. Elham Manea in her book Women and Sharia Law: The Impact of Legal Pluralism in … Continued

Global Britain and the South China Sea

16th October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Over the past 4 years, the People’s Republic of China has built a number of fortress islands in the South … Continued

Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back

15th October 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Moneyland is the secret country of the wealthy and unscrupulous, the place where they put their assets, their children and … Continued

How Russia Abuses Interpol – And How To Stop It

25th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

It is widely recognised that Russia abuses Interpol. Russia uses the International Criminal Police Organization to harass dissidents, political opponents, … Continued

Ending the Endless War? A New Strategy for Afghanistan

17th September 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Afghanistan War has now lasted for 17 years, and estimates suggest has cost the US government upwards of $750 … Continued

Under Siege: The Persecution of Minorities in the Middle East

13th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Middle East remains one of the most tumultuous regions in the world today, with its many ethnic and religious … Continued

UK-US Financial Cooperation After Brexit

13th September 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The level of cooperation between the United Kingdom and the United States has been described as “unparalleled” among major powers. … Continued

HJS Report Launch: Negotiating the Peace: Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

12th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The past 18 months have seen an immense amount of economic, diplomatic, and even military activity relating to the Korean … Continued

Nine Lives: My Time as MI6’s Top Spy Inside Al-Qaeda

11th September 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

As one of al-Qaeda's most respected bomb-makers, Aimen Dean rubbed shoulders with the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and swore … Continued

Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age

6th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The most dangerous threat we face today is no longer military, but rather the increasingly pervasive exposure of our personal … Continued

President Trump, the EU and the UK

30th August 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Donald Trump campaigned in 2016 by explicitly rejecting the foreign policy of recent presidents, Democrat and Republican. Perhaps nowhere was … Continued

HOW TO RIG AN ELECTION

23rd August 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

To book for our next event, Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age, press here.   SPEAKERS: Dr … Continued

END OF AN ERA: HOW CHINA’S AUTHORITARIAN REVIVAL IS UNDERMINING ITS RISE

31st July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKER: Professor Carl Minzner, author, End of an Era China’s reform era is ending. Core factors that characterised its political stability, … Continued

COLLAPSE: EUROPE AFTER THE EUROPEAN UNION

24th July 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SPEAKER: Dr Ian Kearns, author, Collapse: Europe After the European Union Could the European Union collapse in the near future? Following … Continued

IN THE SHADOW OF THE AMIA BOMBING: GLOBAL TERROR AND THE THREAT TODAY

18th July 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: His Excellency Renato Carlos Sersale di Cerisano - The Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Dr. Shimon Samuels - … Continued

RUSSIA’S ASSASSINATIONS ABROAD

17th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: Marina Litvinenko, activist and campaigner; Luke Harding, Guardian correspondent; and Giles Udy, historian and author During Vladimir Putin’s time in power a … Continued

PESHMERGA: ‘THOSE WHO FACE DEATH’

16th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  SPEAKER: Dr Simon Ross Valentine, author, Peshmerga: 'Those Who Face Death' Before the invasion of northern Iraq by ISIS in … Continued

TRUMP AND TRADE DEFICITS

9th July 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SPEAKER: Dr Linda Yueh, economist and author As we anticipate the visit of President Donald Trump to the UK, many … Continued

BY MORE THAN PROVIDENCE: GRAND STRATEGY AND AMERICAN POWER IN THE ASIA PACIFIC SINCE 1783

5th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: Dr Michael Green - Author of By More Than Providence and Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair … Continued

GLOBAL BRITAIN AND INDIA: A NEW ‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’?

3rd July 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In the midst of some great changes in the international system, countries have been left with the qaundry of how … Continued

BELLINGCAT, OPEN SOURCE INVESTIGATIONS, AND THE TRUTH ABOUT MH17

2nd July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

SPEAKER: Eliot Higgins, Founder of Bellingcat The destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 shocked the … Continued

ASIAN WATERS: THE STRUGGLE OVER THE ASIA-PACIFIC AND THE STRATEGY OF CHINESE EXPANSION

27th June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: Humphrey Hawksley, author of Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the Asia-Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion ; Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow … Continued

THE SECRET WORLD: A HISTORY OF INTELLIGENCE

26th June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKER: PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER ANDREW, Author of The Secret World: A History of Intelligence Partly because of official secrecy, no 20th century … Continued

BETWEEN KIN AND COSMOPOLIS: AN ETHIC OF THE NATION

20th June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

PROFESSOR NIGEL BIGGAR, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, Oxford University, in conversation with Douglas Murray The nation-state is … Continued

THE ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

19th June 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

SPEAKER: EHUD OLMERT, former Prime Minister of Israel It’s been 10 years since the last meaningful peace deal was put … Continued

HORIZON 2020: WHAT WILL THE MIDTERMS TELL US ABOUT THE FUTURE OF U.S. ELECTIONS?

13th June 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Whatever one’s feelings toward the outcome of the 2016 US elections, there can be no doubting the historic impact and … Continued

NATO: EUROPEAN SECURITY AT A TIME OF TRANSATLANTIC UNCERTAINTY

12th June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As Britain considers its relationship with Europe, European security has never been more precarious, with Russian revanchism on the rise … Continued

HJS-event-banner-generic-image

HJS REPORT LAUNCH: “DEFENDING EUROPE: ‘GLOBAL BRITAIN’ AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN GEOPOLITICS”

11th June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, geopolitics is returning to the European continent. Germany and France are squabbling … Continued

ON TWITTER

HJS



Lost your password?

Not a member? Please click here