The future of U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific region is deeply uncertain. Some of the challenges the incoming U.S. administration and their Chinese counterparts will face, however, are already clear. Among them: changes on the Korean peninsula, the moving target of cybersecurity and technology policy, and the evolving array of territorial disputes involving China and U.S. allies. Based on ongoing research and consultations since the U.S. election in Washington and Beijing, this talk will outline possible outcomes in each of these policy areas with an emphasis on U.S.–China bilateral interactions as embedded in regional and global interactions. At a moment when regional governments must make plans while facing great uncertainty emanating from the United States, we will also discuss how the Chinese political system seems to be coping with an outcome few expected in the U.S. election.
Senior Fellow for U.S.–China relations at Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center, and Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School
Graham Webster is a senior fellow for U.S.–China relations at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center, as well as a lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale Law School. Since 2012, he has been responsible for the Tsai Center’s high-level confidential dialogues on security and economic issues, and he is currently leading a project on cyberspace and U.S.-China relations. Webster is also a fellow for China and East Asia affairs the East West Institute. Previously he has worked at the Center for American Progress and served as a consultant to the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Natural Resources Defense Council China Program. He holds a bachelor’s in journalism and international studies from Northwestern University and a master’s in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He writes the U.S.-China Week e-mail brief, available at transpacifica.net.