Asia Institute’s Daniel Garrett speaks out in Shanghai about the Poor and the Earth


Asia Institute’s Daniel Garrett spoke out about the need to address the needs of the poor in our global policies and to show respect for the Earth itself in a talk at the international conference “The Role of the G20 in Global Energy Governance” at the The Shanghai Institute for International Studies. The paper is attached.

The Impact of Low Oil Prices


The Role of the G20 in Global Energy Governance

International Conference

The Shanghai Institute for International Studies,

Shanghai, China

July 27-28, 2015


Some Recommendation for Global Energy Governance and the G20

“Listen to the Voices of the Uninvited:

The Poor of the Earth and the Earth Itself”

Daniel H. Garrett

Senior Researcher
The Asia Institute




Garrett Policy recommendations

Stephen Costello “South Korea’s Role in Northeast Asia” TEXT



Stephen Costello 

ProducerAsiaEast Policy Roundtable

“South Korea’s Role in Northeast Asia”

Sookmyung Woman’s University – Seoul

23 June 2014


I                Context

II               Interests

III              Two Overriding Questions

IV             Korea’s Biggest Card to Play

V               Implications for Policy Going Forward

VI             Likely Scenarios



I                Context

The context for today’s strategic and political environment includes the post-Korean War, when national development took off; the post-Cold  War, when ideological polarization could be overcome; and the post-9-11, when Korea’s primary responsibility for its security and development became clear.  Other frameworks matter, such as South Korea’s post-Authoritarian dynamics and the rise of China, but it is primarily these other three that constitute the current reality for South Korean strategic thinkers. Continue Reading

“Open-Source Reasoning and Open Mindedness as a Strategy for Responding to the Fukushima Crisis” (White Paper) June 2014

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“Open-Source Reasoning and Open Mindedness as a Strategy for Responding to the Fukushima Crisis”
White Paper of the Asia Institute
June 7, 2014


This paper is an expansion of some of the central ideas that were articulated by Emanuel Pastreich and Layne Hartsell in an article published in Foreign Policy in Focus in September, 2013 concerning the response to the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The article, titled “The Century-Long Challenge to Respond to Fukushima,” called for an international collaborative response to the ecological, social and economic crisis left to the world after the disaster of March, 2011.

The article briefly outlined the potential role of wide scale collaboration across the globe between stakeholders and Institutions (public and private) across diverse disciplines to formulate and implement solutions to this on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster, radiation leakage from which has found its way into the food chain and even into products that sourced from Japan. Continue Reading

Director Pastreich statement for the “United States Re-Balancing in East Asia seminar”

The United States Re-Balancing in East Asia

March 26, 2014

Emanuel Pastreich


The Asia Institute


This seminar embodies the spirit behind our efforts at the Asia Institute to increase the commitment of the United States to East Asia over the long-term in a constructive and focused manner. We feel strongly that a pivot to Asia, a fundamental re-balancing of national priorities, is essential to the economic, political and security concerns of the United States, but we do not think that such a shift can take place as a result of moving around aircraft carriers or selling more missile defense technology to nations in the region. Only by building a deep human network that ties the United States to East Asia through person-to-person professional and personal relations over a lifetime can we hope to have any meaningful impact. Continue Reading

Asia Institute with Peter Singer featured in Business Korea (January 2014)

Business Korea

“The State, the Internet, and Cybersecurity with Peter Singer”

Asia Institute Seminar

8 JANUARY 2014


On January 2, Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, director of the Asia Institute, sat down with Peter Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program of the Brookings Institute. Singer’s research focuses on three core issues: current US defense needs and future priorities, the future of war and the future of the US defense system. Singer lectures frequently to US military audiences and is the author of several books and articles, including his most recent book, Cyber Security and Cyber War (


Emanuel Pastreich: “When you chose to title your new book as Cyber Security and Cyber War did you intend to make a clear distinction between two discrete issues?”

Peter Singer: “Cyber security and cyber war are two separate topics that are related in that within the new domain of cyberspace we see an overlap between what we traditionally refer to as the civilian sphere and the military sphere. Cyberspace is evolving as a realm that includes everything from commerce, entertainment and communications to forms of direct conflict. For example, 98% of all military communications travels through cyberspace, but, at the same time, the cyberspace they are channeling over is primarily civilian owned.

“Let us step back and take a look at this problem in proper perspective. For too long the thinking about cyber security questions have been left to what I call the “IT crowd.” That is to say we have a group of technologists pondering cyberspace and its potential. But at this point in time, whether you are a politician, a general, a business leader, a lawyer, a citizen or a parent, those security questions are clear and present for the rest of us as well. We need to understand cyberspace and commit to planning for a future with it at the center.

“The book is structured around approximately sixty central questions concerning the nature and the potential of cyberspace. ‘How it all works? For example, I use the Internet every day, how does it actually work?’ Or ‘What is cyber terrorism?’ ‘I keep hearing about it; is it as bad as some people say?’ Continue Reading