American Corner Manila hosts a forum on the South China Sea disputes

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Manila has invited to the country Dr. Robert Sutter, a Professor of Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is an expert in the following areas: contemporary U.S. policy towards Asia and the Pacific; political, security and economic determinants of change in Asia and the Pacific; U.S.-China relations; salient issues in contemporary China and their international implications; as well as the making of U.S. general foreign policy including the roles of Congress and the Intelligence Community. He has published 20 books, over 200 articles and several hundred government reports dealing with contemporary East Asian and Pacific countries and their relations with the United States.

The De La Salle University is very privileged to have him on June 10, 2014, the day when a courtesy call with the Dean College of Law, Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno, was arranged. This was then followed by a forum entitled, South China Sea Disputes – Chinese Assertiveness and America’s Role, hosted by the American Corner Manila in cooperation with The Organization for American Studies. Dr. Renato De Castro, the American Studies Program Coordinator, was also present during the forum to facilitate the discussions. Given the very reliable and respected background of the resource speaker, students eagerly listened and participated on this very interesting session considering the challenge that the Philippines and the other countries in the region now confronts in the face of the current territorial disputes.