Northeast Asia Regional Young Leaders Security Symposium

Note: Event times are displayed in your local time zone. The event will take place from August 11-12, 2019 (Tokyo time).

On April 11-12, 2019, the Pacific Forum in partnership with the Center for Rule-Making Strategies (CRS) will bring together young scholars and junior analysts (ages 25-35) and observers of all ages from the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan, and China to explore approaches to regional security and multilateral cooperation in Northeast Asia. Click here to view the key findings from the last iteration. For more information, contact​

Non-local participants (based outside of Tokyo) click here to apply. (Deadline: March 15)
Local participants (based in Tokyo) click here to apply. (Deadline: March 29)

Limited funding (economy airfare, hotel accommodation, meals) is available for applicants based outside of Japan.

The following agenda is a draft and subject to change.

Venue: Center for Rule-Making Strategies (CRS) - Shinagawa Campus

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Opening remarks

Session 1: Comparing security perspectives in Northeast Asia
This session will compare and contrast South Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and US perspectives of security threats in Northeast Asia. What are the top five threats to each country? Be as specific as possible and differentiate between conventional, biological, chemical, nuclear, and cyber threats. Are countries prepared to cope with these threats? What are the priorities in approaching these threats (stability, nonproliferation, etc.)?

Coffee break

Session 2: Dealing with North Korea
What are the best approaches to dealing with North Korea? What do you perceive are your country’s “redlines”? What are acceptable/unacceptable outcomes for each country? How are countries currently cooperating in response? Are there opportunities for further cooperation?

Boxed lunch

Session 3: Tabletop exercise move one deliberation
Move one deliberations in country teams.

Coffee break

Session 4: Keynote presentation


Friday, April 12, 2019

Session 5: Tabletop exercise move one assessment
Plenary reconvenes to discuss move one deliberations. Each country team will present their answers from move one and be questioned by the others on process and outcome.

Coffee break

Session 6: Tabletop exercise move two deliberations
Reconvene plenary to receive second scenario and then disperse to country groups for deliberation.

Boxed lunch

Session 7: Tabletop move two assessment
Plenary reconvenes to discuss move two deliberations. Each country team will present their answers from move one and be questioned by the others on process and outcome.

Coffee break

Session 8: Scenario assessment and recommended steps forward

This session critically examines the outcomes of the tabletop exercise, focusing on expectations among all players. What divergences among countries were revealed? What should be done to close those gaps and move quadrilateral cooperation forward? How did responses differ from expectations? What are the key lessons learned from this exercise?

Closing dinner