Follow the leader: what does leadership change mean for Northeast Asia's future?


Professor Rikki Kersten, Department of Political & Social Change, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, ANU

Associate Professor Hyung-A Kim, Korean Politics and History, ANU

Dr. Yongwook Ryu, Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, ANU


2012 marks a year of unprecedented leadership turnover in Northeast Asia's three largest economic powers. Japan's crisis of leadership has resulted in a Prime Minister who is the sixth to hold office in the last five years. What are the prospects for Japan's 'crisis' of leadership in the Asia-Pacific region? The Korean Peninsula will not be left unshaken amidst the leadership succession in the North while the South is up for its most competitive general election yet. The party congress taking place later this year in the People's Republic of China will determine the new Chinese leadership for the CCP and the Politburo. What are the prospects for reform of the CCP? What are the implications of these shifts in leadership in Japan, China, and South Korea for the region at large?

The forum is presented by the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation and sponsored by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

This is a FREE event. Finger food and refreshments will be provided. Smart casual dress is required.



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