Red Star Over the Pacific: China’s Rise & the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy

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Red Star Over the Pacific: China’s Rise & the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy

March 4, 2019 , 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The next YCAPS-JUMP-ICAS seminar will look at the challenges China’s rise presents to U.S. Maritime Strategy. The event will be held on March 4 in Yokosuka.

In the second edition of their classic book, Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to US Maritime Strategy, Professors Toshi Yoshihara and James Holmes assess how the rise of Chinese sea power will affect U.S. maritime strategy in Asia.

Combining a close knowledge of Asia and an ability to tap Chinese-language sources, the authors argue that China is laying the groundwork for a sustained challenge to American primacy in maritime Asia. To defend this hypothesis, they look back to Alfred Thayer Mahan’s sea-power theories, now popular with the Chinese. The book considers how strategic thought about the sea shapes Beijing’s deliberations and examines the Chinese navy’s operational concepts, tactics, and capabilities. They conclude that China now presents a challenge to America’s strategic position of such magnitude that Washington must compete in earnest.

Dr. Yoshihara will provide an overview of the book, discuss the implications of Chinese sea power for the U.S.-Japan alliance, and take your questions in what will be a dynamic and enlightening seminar.

Start the evening anytime during the 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. reception that will feature a light meal, drinks, and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30 p.m. for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar in Yokosuka Werk in central Yokosuka, which is a short walk to Yokosuka-chuo Station or the US Navy base’s Womble Gate. The event is also co-sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies.

Speaker:

Before joining the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Toshi Yoshihara held the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the U.S. Naval War College where he taught strategy for over a decade. He was also an affiliate member of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the War College. Dr. Yoshihara was a visiting professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, from 2008 to 2017. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego and as a visiting professor in the Strategy Department at the U.S. Air War College.

Dr. Yoshihara has testified before the Defense Policy Board, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in recognition of his scholarship on maritime and strategic affairs at the Naval War College.

He is co-author of Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy (Naval Institute Press, 2010), which has been listed on the Chief of Naval Operation’s Professional Reading Program since 2012. Translations of Red Star over the Pacific have been published in China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

He has also co-authored Indian Naval Strategy in the Twenty-first Century (Routledge, 2009) and Chinese Naval Strategy in the Twenty-first Century: The Turn to Mahan (Routledge, 2008). He is co-editor of Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon (Georgetown University Press, 2012) and Asia Looks Seaward: Power and Maritime Strategy (Praeger, 2008). His articles on Chinese seapower, maritime strategy, and Asian security issues have appeared in Journal of Strategic Studies, Asian Security, Washington Quarterly, Orbis, World Affairs, Comparative Strategy, Strategic Analysis, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, and Naval War College Review. The Naval War College Review awarded him the Hugh G. Nott Prize for best article of 2010.

He holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m., March 4, 2019

Cost: Free of charge.

RSVP: Please register on Facebook or RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.

Location: Conference room 1, Werk Yokosuka Kinrofukushi Hall
ヴェルクよこすか(横須賀市立勤労福祉会館)第1会議室

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