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Comparative Connections Virtual Roundtable



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On June 13, 2022, Pacific Forum organized a Comparative Connections Roundtable that discussed the impact of the Russian conflict in Ukraine on three flashpoints of the Indo-Pacific. The session was moderated by Rob York (Pacific Forum) and featured Dr. David Keegan (Chinese Studies Program at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), Mr. Aidan Foster-Carter (Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korean at Leeds University), and Dr. Yu Bin (Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Wittenberg University). The following are the key findings of the session.


Aidan Foster-Carter is an honorary senior research fellow in sociology and modern Korea at Leeds. He is also a freelance analyst and consultant: covering the politics and economics of both South and North Korea for, amongst others, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Oxford Analytica, and BBC World Service. Between 1991 and 1997 he lectured on sociology at the universities of Hull, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and Leeds. A prolific writer on and frequent visitor to the Korean Peninsula, he has lectured on Korean and kindred topics to varied audiences in 20 countries on every continent. He studied Classics at Eton, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College Oxford, and Sociology at Hull.

Dr. David J. Keegan is adjunct lecturer in the Chinese Studies Program at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he teaches a seminar on Taiwan and its relations with the United States and mainland China. He is the senior author for the Comparative Connections triannual article on China and Taiwan. He has also taught courses on China, Northeast Asia, and the Pacific at the State Department Foreign Service Institute. holds a Ph.D. in Chinese History from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Keegan served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department for thirty years, specializing in China, Taiwan, and the Asia Pacific region. Among his assignments, he served as Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan and Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé at the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand. Dr. Keegan also served as Director of the Office of Taiwan Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Dr. YU Bin (Ph.D. Stanford) is Professor Emeritus of political science at Wittenberg University. Since 1999, he has been the author for Comparative Connections on Russia, China and Central Asia. He is also a senior fellow of the Shanghai Association of American Studies and senior fellow of the Russian Studies Center of the East China Normal University in Shanghai. Yu is the author and co-author of six books and more than 150 book chapters and articles in journals including World Politics (Princeton), China International Strategic Review (Peking Univ.), Russia in Global Affairs (Moscow), Russia Studies (Shanghai), China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly (Stockholm), Fudan American Review (Shanghai), Asia Policy, Asian Survey (Berkeley), International Journal of Korean StudiesJournal of Chinese Political Science. Yu has also published numerous op-ed pieces in many leading media outlets. Previously, he was a fellow at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the US Army War College, East-West Center in Honolulu, president of Chinese Scholars of Political Science and International Studies, a MacArthur fellow at the Center of International Security and Arms Control at Stanford and a research fellow at the Center of International Studies of the State Council in Beijing.

Dr. Catharin Dalpino is Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University, where she taught Southeast Asian Studies and launched the university’s Thai Studies Program. She has also taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; George Washington University; Simmons College; Seton Hall University; and the State University of New York at Albany. From 1993 to 1997 Professor Dalpino was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. She has also held positions at the United Nations in Geneva (1980) the World Bank (1981-2). Professor Dalpino has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution; a Resident Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; an Associate at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy; a Visiting Scholar in Southeast Asian Studies at SAIS; and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. From 1983 to 1993 she was a career officer with The Asia Foundation, and was the Foundation’s Representative for Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. She was the founding director of the Aspen Institute Program on Agent Orange in Vietnam (2007-2009).