Rebalancing toward Asia-Pacific: The Transatlantic Dimensions

The Talloires Conference
Tufts University European Center, Talloires, France
June 13-15, 2014

Planning Committee: Steven B. Bloomfield, Iain Johnston, Karl Kaiser, Robert Paarlberg


 Friday, June 13

4:00-4:15     Welcome: Steven B. Bloomfield*, Executive Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

4:156:15    Session I: Contrasting US and European Policies toward Asia-Pacific after World War II

  • The United States: on-shore and off-shore balancing
  • Europe: from colonial to commercial interests
  • Did the end of the Cold War make a difference?
Chair:  Thierry de Montbrial*, President, Institut Français des Relations Internatinales, Paris
Sebastian Heilmann*, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Trier; Founding Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies, Berlin
Erez Manela*, Department of History, Harvard University
John J. Mearsheimer*, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago         


7:00              Reception and dinner at Hotel de L’Abbaye

Chair: Pierre Keller*, Former Senior Partner, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie
Keynote: Joseph S. Nye*, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
“Revisiting the Trilateral Vision”
Warren and Anita Manshel Lecture in American Foreign Policy


Saturday, June 14

8:3010:30    Session II: East Asia's Emerging Economies: Implications for Relations with the United States and Europe

  • Comparing the nature of interdependence on trade, investment, debt, and currency relations: US-Europe, US-Asia-Pacific, Europe-Asia-Pacific
  • Trans-governmental networks across the Atlantic and the Pacific
  • What are the political limits to interdependence with China?

Chair: Richard Cooper*, Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University

Philippe Le Corre*, Founder, Ginger Consultants; Lecturer, Science Po, Paris
Jacques Mistral*, Head of Economic Section, ifri; Member, Conseil d’Analyses Economiques, Prime Minister’s Office, Paris; Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Edward Steinfield*, Director, China Initiative; Dean’s Professor of China Studies, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University


10:30             Group photo and break

11:001:00    Session III: East Asia's Changing Structure of State Power and Interstate Conflicts

  • The arms build-ups in East Asia and its impact
  • The weight of history and the rise of nationalism/chauvinism          
  • The growing impact of territorial conflicts

Chair: Susan J. Pharr*, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government; Director, Program on US-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Peter Dutton*, Professor of Strategic Studies; Director, U.S. Naval War College  
Alastair Iain Johnston*, James Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University
May-Britt Stumbaum*, Director, NFG Project “Asian Perceptions of the EU,” Free University of Berlin


1:00               Lunch at Le Prieuré

4:306:30      Session IV: Rebalancing toward Asia-Pacific

  •  The US approach: principles and instruments (military, diplomatic, and economic, including the Transpacific Partnership)
  •  The European approach: principles and instruments; what has Europe to offer as a model for conflict management?
  •  Asian reactions: the pros and cons of rebalancing
Chair: Roderick MacFarquhar*, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, Department of Government, Harvard University
Kenneth Lieberthal*, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution
Byong-Kook Kim*, Professor of Political Science, Korea University; Founder and Director emeritus, East Asia Institute, Seoul
Sebastian Wood, UK Ambassador to China


7:30               Reception and dinner at Le Cottage Bise

                      Keynote: Baroness Shirley Williams*, Member, House of Lords; Former Cabinet Minister; Professor of Electoral Politics Emerita
                      “The State of the European Union”


Sunday, June 15


9:0011:00    Session V: Rebalancing together: US-European Cooperation?

  • Prerequisites for rebalancing together: A political-military division of labor?
  • Strengthening the Transatlantic base: TTIP and jointly dealing with regional and global crises
  • The potential of cooperation and divergence in “rebalancing together”


Chair: Jim Hoagland*, Associate Editor, Washington Post

Razeen Sally*, Director, European Center for International Political Economy, Brussels: Visiting Associated Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore     
Stephen Walt*, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Stephen Lillie*, Director Asia-Pacific, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London


11:00             Closing remarks: Karl Kaiser* and Steven B. Bloomfield*

12:00             Lunch and farewell at Hotel de l’Abbaye