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    • 24 Oct 2016
    • 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College Weston Creek

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    Despite numerous calls for a more cooperative relationship, US-China ties appear to be on an increasingly competitive trajectory. Nowhere has this seemed more apparent than in the South China Sea, where rising tensions have been sowing concern throughout Southeast Asia about the durability of order in the Asia-Pacific region. The dizzying pace of events and welter of issues surrounding the South China Sea have largely defied both strategic planners and policy implementer. From China’s frantic island-building spree, to the historic legal ruling handed down from the Permanent Court of Arbitration, to major-power naval manoeuvres, to fraught bilateral relations even with U.S. allies, to a multitude of fishing, oil exploration, and maritime law enforcement activity—the South China Sea is indeed “Asia’s cauldron” of growing instability. 

    Despite the procession of momentous actions, or perhaps because of them, it is imperative that US decision-makers find a comprehensive a long-term approach to managing US-China relations, especially in the South China Sea. 

    This discussion will focus on the framework through which the next US administration will be looking at power and order in Asia

    Dr Patrick M. Cronin

    Patrick M. Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Senior Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University, where he simultaneously oversaw the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs.

    Dr. Cronin has a rich and diverse background in both Asian-Pacific security and U.S. defense, foreign and development policy. Prior to leading INSS, Dr. Cronin served as the Director of Studies at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). At the IISS, he also served as Editor of the Adelphi Papers and as the Executive Director of the Armed Conflict Database. Before joining IISS, Dr. Cronin was Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

    In 2001, Dr. Cronin was confirmed by the United States Senate to the third-ranking position at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). While serving as Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination, Dr. Cronin also led the interagency task force that helped design the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

    From 1998 until 2001, Dr. Cronin served as Director of Research at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to that, he spent seven years at the National Defense University, first arriving at INSS in 1990 as a Senior Research Professor covering Asian and long-range security issues. He was the founding Executive Editor of Joint Force Quarterly, and subsequently became both Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Institute. He received the Army's Meritorious Civilian Service Award upon his departure from NDU in 1997.

    He has also been a senior analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, a U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence officer, and an analyst with the Congressional Research Service and SRI International. He was Associate Editor of Strategic Review and worked as an undergraduate at the Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale News.

    Dr. Cronin has taught at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the University of Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson Department of Government.

    He read International Relations at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where he received both his M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees, and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida. He regularly publishes essays in leading publications and frequently conducts television and radio interviews. In addition to many CNAS reports and numerous articles, his major publications include: Global Strategic Assessment, 2009: America’s Security Role in a Changing World; Civilian Surge: Key to Complex Operations (co-editor); The Impenetrable Fog of War: Reflections on Modern Warfare and Strategic Surprise; The Evolution of Strategic Thought: Adelphi Paper Classics; and Double Trouble: Iran and North Korea as Challenges to International Security.

    The FSLP seminar is sponsored by the Noetic Group

    This event is held in partnership with the Bluestar Intercultural Centre.

Past events

13 Oct 2016 IFRS October Networking Event
11 Aug 2016 IFRS August Networking Event
09 Jun 2016 IFRS June Networking Event
12 May 2016 IFRS May Networking Event
15 Apr 2016 FSLP Trivia Night
14 Apr 2016 IFRS April Networking Event
10 Mar 2016 IFRS Networking Event
02 Mar 2016 National Security Careers Night 2016 - Canberra
11 Feb 2016 IFRS Networking Event
03 Dec 2015 FSLP End-of-Year Networking Event
18 Nov 2015 FSLP Seminar: The seedy underbelly of cybercrime with Chris Pogue
05 Nov 2015 FSLP Spring Networking Event
23 Sep 2015 FSLP Seminar: Countering Radicalisation
25 Jun 2015 FSLP Winter Networking Event
17 Jun 2015 Cybersecurity - a work still in progress: Seminar with Keith Lowry
07 May 2015 FSLP and USI of the ACT Seminar: LTGEN David Morrison AO
15 Apr 2015 FSLP Women in National Security (WINS) with LTGEN David Morrison AO
09 Apr 2015 FSLP and USI of the ACT Seminar: AIRMSHL Geoff Brown, AO
12 Mar 2015 National Security Careers Night 2015 - Canberra
03 Dec 2014 Kokoda Foundation Summer Networking Event
01 Oct 2014 Kokoda Foundation Spring Networking Event
30 Sep 2014 FSLP Seminar: Indonesian Defence Industry: Moving Towards to Self-Reliance?
01 Jul 2014 USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) series
05 Jun 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) Panels
22 May 2014 FSLP Seminar: Lieutenant General George Petkos
03 Apr 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT Seminar: Andrew Balmaks
27 Mar 2014 National Security Careers Night 2014
05 Mar 2014 FSLP Women in National Security (WINS) Initiative
06 Dec 2013 FSLP Networking event
26 Nov 2013 2013 Kokoda Foundation Annual General Meeting
26 Sep 2013 FSLP September Networking Event - Canberra
18 Sep 2013 Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT: Brigadier Syed Aamer Raza
29 Aug 2013 Canberra: FSLP - Stephan de Spiegeleire, Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
21 Aug 2013 Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT: Is Australia a Fragile State?
10 Jul 2013 Canberra: Future Strategic Leaders' Program - Dr Phillip Karber
09 Jul 2013 Sydney: Future Strategic Leaders' Program - Dr Phillip Karber
20 Jun 2013 FSLP June Networking Event - Canberra
22 May 2013 Washington FSLP
01 May 2013 Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT AVM John Blackburn AO Retd
18 Apr 2013 FSLP April Networking Event
14 Mar 2013 National Security Careers Night 2013
19 Feb 2013 Sydney YSLF - Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas APM
13 Feb 2013 FSLP 2013 Launch Event
12 Dec 2012 Washington YSLF
28 Nov 2012 2012 Kokoda Foundation Annual General Meeting
26 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
15 Nov 2012 Implications for Australia of the United States Pivot to the Indo Pacific - 2012 Annual Dinner
14 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Professional Development Workshop 2012
30 Oct 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
23 Oct 2012 Sydney YSLF - Prof Ross Babbage- The Military Rise of China: What Should the US and Australia Do?
18 Oct 2012 Canberra YSLF October Seminar - Mr Jason Mundy
19 Sep 2012 The Kokoda Young Strategic Leaders' Forum and USI of the ACT Present a Special September Seminar - MAJ GEN SOHAIL AHMAD KHAN
30 Aug 2012 YSLF August Networking Event
24 Jul 2012 Canberra YSLF - Challenges and Opportunities for Today’s Intelligence Community Dr Warren Tucker Director New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
21 Jun 2012 Canberra YSLF - Lieutenant General (retired) Agus Widjoyo
19 Apr 2012 Sydney Seminar - Senator The Hon David Feeney
12 Apr 2012 National Security Careers Night 2012
15 Mar 2012 YSLF March Networking Event
25 Jan 2012 Washington YSLF - AMB Kim Beazley and AMB Richard Armitage
19 Jan 2012 Media Launch "Sub Judice: Australia's Future Submarine"
30 Nov 2011 Kokoda Foundation Annual General Meeting
21 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - Nick Harvey MP – Minister of State (Minister for the Armed Forces) for the Ministry of Defence
14 Nov 2011 Sydney Seminar - Angel Rabasa, RAND Corporation
03 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - The Coming Famine: Risks and Solutions For Global Food Security
22 Sep 2011 Strategic Tides in Asia - Challenges and Opportunities: 2020-2030- 2011 Annual Seminar Dinner
22 Sep 2011 Young Strategic Leaders Professional Development Workshop 2011
08 Sep 2011 Canberra YSLF - National Crisis and Coordination Centre
27 Jul 2011 Canberra YSLF - Dr Tom Mahnken and David Hamon
19 Jul 2011 Sydney Seminar - Professor Michael L'Estrange
30 Jun 2011 Canberra YSLF - ASIO / ASIS: Their Role in the National Security Community
25 May 2011 Media Launch "Under the Sea Air Gap: Australia’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Challenge"
20 May 2011 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
21 Apr 2011 YSLF April Seminar with Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Networking Event
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Seminar Australia's Strategic Edge in 2030, Ross Babbage
23 Mar 2011 Kokoda Sydney Seminar - Optimising Australia's Response to the Cyber Challenge
24 Feb 2011 National Security Coordination in Australia, Duncan Lewis
04 Feb 2011 "Optimising Australia's Response to the Cyber Challenge" Media Launch
19 Jan 2011 General Sir David Richards GCB, CBE, DSO, ADC, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Armed Forces
03 Dec 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (December)
19 Nov 2010 Options for Enhancing Trilateral Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific - Closed Workshop
18 Nov 2010 Enhancing Trilateral Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific - Annual Seminar Dinner
13 Oct 2010 Kokoda Foundation Annual General Meeting
30 Sep 2010 Collaborative Leadership, Roger Powell
09 Sep 2010 National Security in the 21st century – an address by the Director General of Security, ASIO, David Irvine
26 Aug 2010 Navy: Transition to Force 2030, RADM Davyd Thomas
29 Jul 2010 National Security in the Digital Age, Prakash Mirchandani
24 Jun 2010 Industry's Role in providing National Security
21 May 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
29 Apr 2010 Law and justice sector reform in the Pacific: How can Australia adapt its assistance to specific local contexts?
25 Mar 2010 National Security Careers Night