Monday, June 20, 2016 | 5:30 PM EDT - 7:00 PM EDT

Dorsey & Whitney LLP, New York, NY | Bates Gill, Evelyn Goh, and Chin-Hao Huang

Many challenges face the United States as it looks across the Pacific to Southeast Asia, including the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, tensions in the South China Sea, and China’s economic initiatives in the area such as the establishment of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and the One Belt One Road (including the “Maritime Silk Road”) policy, among others. On June 20, 2016, in New York City, Drs. Bates Gill, Evelyn Goh, and Chin-Hao Huang discussed the evolving strategic landscape with the National Committee for the fourth installment of our 50th Anniversary Series, China and the World: Southeast Asia. 

This program is part of a series of events celebrating the National Committee’s 50th Anniversary. For more information about other 50th Anniversary programs, please click here.


Bates Gill

Dr. Bates Gill is a visiting professor at the US Studies Centre and professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia and Pacific Affairs, Australia National University. From 2012 to 2015 he was CEO of the Centre and from 2007 to 2012 served as the director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

He previously led research programs at public policy think tanks in Washington, D.C. (Brookings Institution and Center for Strategic and International Studies), and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. In 2013 he received the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch, for his contributions to Swedish interests. He has also served as a consultant to U.S. companies, foundations, and government agencies.

Among his professional affiliations, Dr. Gill serves on the boards of China Matters (Sydney) and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Shanghai Institute of International Studies. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London), and is an associate fellow with the Americas Program of Chatham House (London).

He received his Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and was inducted to The Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007. In addition to his experience in the United States, he has lived and worked for lengthy periods in France, Switzerland, Sweden and China.

Evelyn Goh

Dr. Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, where she is also the director of research for the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre. She is co-editor of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations book series. Her research interests are East Asian security and international relations theory.

She has published widely on U.S.-China relations and diplomatic history, regional security cooperation and institutions in East Asia, Southeast Asian strategies towards great powers, and environmental security. Her key publications include Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia (Oxford University Press, 2016); The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in post-Cold War East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2013, 2015); “Great Powers and Hierarchical Order in Southeast Asia: Analyzing Regional Security Strategies,” International Security 32:3 (Winter 2007/8): 113-57; and Constructing the US Rapprochement with China, 1961-1974: From Red Menace to Tacit Ally (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

In addition to a MacArthur Foundation-supported project on emerging U.S. security partnerships with pivotal Southeast Asian countries, she is currently completing a collaborative project analyzing strategic bargains between China and Japan. She has held previous faculty positions at Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Oxford, and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore; and visiting positions at the Woodrow Wilson Center and East-West Center Washington. She was an East Asia Institute Fellow in 2011 and a UK Economic & Social Research Council Mid-Career Fellow in 2011-12. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in international relations and an undergraduate degree in geography, all from the University of Oxford.

Chin-Hao Huang

Dr. Chin-Hao Huang is assistant professor of political science at Yale-NUS (National University of Singapore) College. He specializes in international security, focusing on China and Asia more broadly. He is the recipient of the American Political Science Association Best Paper Award in Foreign Policy (2014) for his research on China’s compliance behavior in multilateral security institutions. His field work has been supported in part by the United States Institute of Peace, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is working on a book manuscript that explains how and why Chinese foreign policy decision-makers exercise restraint and comply with international security norms.

His research has appeared in The China Quarterly and International Peacekeeping, and in edited volumes published by Oxford University Press and Routledge, among others. He has testified and presented his work on China’s foreign affairs before the Congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has also served as a consultant for U.S. and European foundations and governments on their strategic priorities and policies in Asia.

He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California and B.S. with honors from Georgetown University. Until 2009, he was a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and prior to that worked with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has lived and worked for extensive periods in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Beijing, Stockholm, and Bangkok, and currently resides in Singapore.

The National Committee thanks Dorsey & Whitney LLP for graciously providing a venue for our 50th Anniversary series, China & the World.