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

Date : Wed., September 13, 2017 Category : Asia Conference, Category : Conferences/Symposia, Category : FPRI in D.C.

Co-Sponsored by Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


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 FPRI and the Wilson Center have assembled a leading group of experts.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Topics and Speakers


09/13/2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.

Welcome / Opening Remarks

09/13/2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.
Jacques deLisle

Director, Asia Program, FPRI, and Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Abraham Denmark

Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Keynote Address - Cyber in Asia: From Firewalls in China to Fireballs from DPRK

09/13/2017 - 9:40 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
Eric Rosenbach

Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Panel I: Cybersecurity: Threats and Responses

09/13/2017 - 10:25 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Martin C. Libicki

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Center for Cyber Security Studies, U.S. Naval Academy

James Lewis

Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jack Midgley

Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for New American Security

Jacques deLisle


Director, Asia Program, FPRI, and Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania


09/13/2017 - 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Keynote Address: The TOMODACHI Initiative: From Disaster Response to Fostering Future Leaders

09/13/2017 - 12:50 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.
Irene Hirano Inouye

President, U.S.-Japan Council

Panel II: Dealing with Disasters: Relief and Resilience

09/13/2017 - 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Roger-Mark De Souza

Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Woodrow Wilson Center

Alain Guilloux

Visiting Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong; Former Executive, Médecins Sans Frontières

James L. Schoff

Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Shihoko Goto


Senior Associate for Northeast Asia, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Closing remarks

09/13/2017 - 3:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.



Woodrow Wilson Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue DC Washington 20004

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Register Deadline

Tue., September 12, 2017

Related Program(s)

Asia Program