I cannot attend but I hope you can what is likely to be a no-holds barred intellectual tussle between two sophisticated veterans. Paul Sracic and Okumura Jun will tangle this month at Temple University Japan - ICAS over a deceptively simple-looking and very much hush-hush question: if push comes to shove in the East China Sea, would the United States really go to war with China over the Senkakus?
The pair have already gone through a couple rounds of sparring over at The Diplomat:
- Will the U.S. Really Defend Japan?
- Yes, the U.S. Will Defend Japan
- Will the U.S. Defend Japan? More of a Definite Maybe
I would love to see the pair in live action...but I will be otherwise occupied that eve.
If you wish to attend, make sure to find out whether the event is being held at the Azabu Campus or the Mita Campus. A long trudge awaits you if you show up at the wrong venue.
To RSVP for the event, email ICAS at: firstname.lastname@example.org