Politics and International Relations
The world is now entering into a new phase that is epitomized by the forces of power transition, or at the very least, a serious challenge to the established international order as witnessed by the many “battlefields (spheres of contestation)” that are emerging among the influence-seeking powers particularly from a normative perspective. With this in mind, the vast region of Asia will be the main focus of this panel which will examine the ongoing competition that is manifesting itself between a rising revisionist power, China, and other status quoist powers such as the United States and Japan. Both states are not only actively creating, but also striving to their own norms. As such, it seems that we are rapidly approaching a new phase in international relations, one of hegemonic challenge. Furthermore, as tensions rise, it is not only prudent but instinctive in that that we begin to seriously ponder about what lies ahead in the future. With this as the backdrop, this panel which the bulk is comprised of young scholars, will discuss the present situation while also discussing the quo vadis of Asia, one of the most hotly contested region in the current age of great powers competition.