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The U.S. deployment of ballistic missile defense systems in the Asia-Pacific, including the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea, is seen as a central component of protection for forward-deployed U.S. forces and extended deterrence for allied security by leaders in Washington. In Beijing, however, these ballistic missile defense systems are thought to undermine regional stability and heighten security dilemmas. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act indicated that the United States will continue to deploy increasingly advanced missile defense capabilities in Asia in the coming years. What measures should leaders take to improve international cooperation surrounding the deployment of missile defense systems?
In a discussion moderated by Li Bin, a senior fellow based at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, missile defense expert Charles Ferguson will share his views on what confidence building measures could help mitigate these systems' potentially negative impact on stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
This event is off the record.
Li Bin is a senior fellow working jointly in the Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy and a professor of Tsinghua University.
Charles Ferguson is president of the Federation of American Scientists. He is an expert on energy policy, missile defense, nuclear proliferation, and nuclear terrorism.