ARTNeT Seminar: The False Economy of Geoeconomics by Dr. Shiro Armstrong

29 Jan 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
Open meeting

The United States and China are locked into strategic competition that complicates international policy choices for the rest of the world. How do countries like Australia, Japan and other middle powers balance their security interests alongside their economic interests and avoid seeing them as a trade-off?
Can countries avoid a binary choice between the United States and China?

Economic policy was never separate from security considerations. But economics and security are increasingly entangled in a way that is damaging to both, creating a dangerous trade-off and a negative feedback loop.
The risks of international exchange are beginning to dominate the calculus for some policymakers as the world becomes more complex and uncertain. There are three main reasons for this: the rise of China, the rise in protectionism in the United States, and new technologies for which international rules don’t exist.
Strategic deployment of regional and plurilateral coalitions can help create rules from the bottom up that engage both China and the United States. At a time when the multilateral system is under threat, regional and plurilateral initiatives and agreements need to complement, preserve and strengthen multilateralism, not substitute for it.

About the Speaker:

Dr Shiro Armstrong is Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre and Director of the Asian Bureau of Economic Research at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is Editor of the East Asia Forum and East Asia Forum Quarterly. He is a Research Associate at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia University; Research Scholar at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI); and Visiting Associate Professor at Keio University. He has published 4 edited books, a dozen peer reviewed journal articles and has contributed articles to Foreign Affairs, the Nikkei Newspaper (in Japanese), the South China Morning Post and regularly in the Australian Financial Review.

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