Non-Traditional Security in Asia: Disaster Response and Cybersecurity in a Time of Rising Challenges and Constrained Resources

Wilson Center and Foreign Policy Research Institute

6th Floor, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004-3027

September 13, 2017, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Nontraditional security issues loom increasingly large in Asia and in U.S. interactions with the region. Natural disasters – exacerbated by climate change and dense populations in vulnerable areas – have brought much greater need for disaster assistance and humanitarian relief. Ever-growing reliance on digital technology in sectors ranging from militaries to government operations, to civilian infrastructure, to economically important businesses, have transformed cybersecurity threats – emanating from ever more numerous and sophisticated foreign states and non-state actors – into vital matters of national security and national economic security.

State assets – from navies to intelligence services to specialized cyberwarfare units – are being developed and deployed to address these problems, but these limited public resources are insufficient to address the mounting scale and complexity of the challenges they face. How will these states meet the challenges posed by disaster relief and cybersecurity? What opportunities exist for non-state actors, such as NGO’s and the private sector to play a role? To answer these questions and more, the Asia Programs of Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Wilson Center have assembled a leading group of experts.

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09:30 - 09:35 am     Welcoming Remarks

Jacques deLisle, Director of FPRI's Asia Program and Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Abraham Denmark, Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

09:40 - 10:20 am     Keynote Address

Cyber in Asia: From Firewalls in China to Fireballs from DPRK

Eric Rosenbach, Co-director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

10:25 am - 12:10 pm     Panel 1: Cybersecurity: Threats and Responses

Martin C. Libicki, Adjunct Management Scientist, RAND Corporation
Liv Coleman, Associate Professor, Political Science and International Studies, University of Tampa
James Lewis, Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Jack Midgley, Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for New American Security
Moderator: Jacques deLisle, Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, and Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

12:15 - 12:45 pm     Lunch

12:50 - 1:35 pm     Luncheon Keynote Address

The TOMODACHI Initiative: From Disaster Response to Fostering Future Leaders

Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council

1:45 - 3:15 pm     Panel II: Dealing with Disasters: Relief and Resilience

Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Woodrow Wilson Center
Alain Guilloux, Author, Humanitarianism in National and Global Governance; Former Executive, Médecins Sans Frontières
James L. Schoff, Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Moderator: Shihoko Goto, Senior Associate for Northeast Asia, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

03:20 - 03:30 pm     Closing Remarks

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