Nationalist Passions in the East and South China Seas

April 17, 2014

Dr. John CiorciariDr. John Ciorciari, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

China’s current tough stand on maritime territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas has prompted renewed nationalist passions in Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines which, if left unchecked, could spiral out of control.

What is behind China’s stance on these issues and what does it suggest for future stability in the area? Join Dr. John Ciorciari of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan as he discusses the main disputes between China and its maritime neighbors. Ciorciari is an assistant professor and faculty affiliate at U of M's Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He is also an associate fellow at the Asia Society and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Ph.D. and Masters degree from Oxford University, and J.D. (with honors) from Harvard Law School where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard International Law Journal.

Ciorciari is the author of The Limits of Alignment: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers since 1975 (Georgetown University Press, 2010) and co-author of Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (University of Michigan Press, 2014), as well as three edited volumes and numerous articles and working papers related to Asia. He played several key roles relating to Asia in Washington: Deputy Director for South and Southeast Asia at the Treasury Department, Executive Officer to George Shultz at the Hoover Institution's Global Markets Working Group, Senior Legal Advisor at the Documentation Center of Cambodia, and in the private sector as an associate at Davis, Polk and Wardwell.

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