Conference Thursday, 21. June 2018 /

The Asia-Pacific Conflict Zone

Opening event of the 19th Annual Foreign Policy Conference

Date, Time
Thu, 21. Jun 2018,
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm Save in my calendar
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Headquarter Berlin
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
Simultanious translation
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarter Berlin
Part of the series
Annual Foreign Policy Conference
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The online registration is closed. It will be possible to register on-site.

The effects of the current global power shift are most visible in the Asia-Pacific region: China’s rise and the unclear future of the U.S. alliance system in the region raise a number of foreign and security policy issues that have both regional and global dimensions. The 19th Foreign Policy Conference of the Heinrich Böll Foundation will focus on these questions and ask:

How resilient are U.S. security guarantees in the Asia-Pacific region? Which new alliances and dependencies could emerge in the Indo-Pacific and East Asia in response to China’s rise and America’s possible retreat? Are there limits to the regional arms race in Asia, or would a nuclear-armed Japan and South Korea be conceivable? Is the Asia-Pacific region heading toward a wider conflict that could involve external powers such as the U.S. and possibly also its European allies? Do Europe and the U.S. have common interests in the region and should Europe play a more active role there?


  • Prof. Rory Medcalf (Director, National Security College, Australian National University, Australia)
  • Prof. Zhou Qi (Director, National Strategy Institute, Tsinghua University, China)
  • Dr. Victor Cha (Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., USA)
  • Dr. Kuniko Inoguchi (Member of the House of Councillors (Senate), Japan)
  • Reinhard Bütikofer (MEP, Alliance 90/The Greens, Germany)
  • Mark Fitzpatrick (Director, IISS-Americas - International Institute for Strategic Studies, USA)
  • Susanne Riegraf  (German Federal Foreign Office)

In cooperation with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

A live stream of the event will also be available.

Project Management:
Giorgio Franceschini
Department of Foreign and Security Policy
Heinrich Böll Foundation

Natascha Gillenberg, Conference Management