April 27, 2017, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
The Coming War with China? The Ethics of Confrontation in the Pacific
On April 27, 2017, the Robert Strauss Center and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs will co-sponsor the special panel "The Coming War with China? The Ethics of Confrontation in the Pacific." This event will examine the prospects for armed conflict in the Pacific and America's moral imperative to keep the peace while still maintaining its values and credibility.
Is there an ethical justification to escalate? Can the United States and China avoid miscalculation and instead find common ground? What can the multiple historical examples of crises over Taiwan and the South China Sea teach the great powers about regional security, deterrence, and avoiding total war? Is it true, as some commentators have argued, that policymakers and the public more broadly have forgotten the horrors and costs of great power conflict, and thus we are sliding into a great-power war? If so, what, if anything, can be done to protect the peace?
Ian Buruma is Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College.
Jennifer Harris is a senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations.
Joshua Eisenman is a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School.
Moderator: Devin Stewart is a Carnegie Council Senior Fellow.
NOTE: The event will take place at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (Merrill House, 170 East 64th Street, New York, NY). You can find more information about the event here.