This panel focuses on middle powers' various types of security statecrafts designed to deal with emerging power struggle between the U.S. and China in the Asia Pacific. By focusing on a series of middle powers in the region such as South Korea, Australia, Taiwan and Japan, the panel in particular explores how these middle powers can play a constructive mediating role in resolving the worsening power competition between the U.S. and China in both conventional-and non-conventional security realms. The panel consists of six research papers as follows:
1. The Rise of China’s Maritime Power and Its Implications for Middle Powers: Case of South Korea
2. Emerging Powers and a Middle Power in Cyberspace: U.S.-China Competition and South Korea
3. Middle Powers' Role in the Agenda Setting of Nuclear Security Summits
4. Unpacking Domestic Political Foundation of Middle Powers: Domestic Political Constraints in ROK and Turkey's China Policy
5. The Cybersecurity Cooperation of the U.S. in East Asia.
6. Solidarity strategy among the intermediate countries on the geopolitical fault line: in the post-Cold War Northeast Asia
The first paper pays an explicit attention to China as a rising maritime power and examines the implication of China’s such rise for South Korea’s maritime security. The second paper touches upon a novel issue-i.e., cyber security-and demonstrates that the power competition in cyber security can take a form of a more complex transformation of power networks. The third paper investigates agenda setting power of middle powers. Focusing on Nuclear Security Summit, the paper tries to theorize the influence of middle powers on setting their agenda at the Summit. The fourth paper focuses on middle powers’ hedging behavior against rising China with an emphasis on South Korea and Taiwan and examine under what circumstance the powers may fail to hedge against China. The fifth paper explores how the cybersecurity cooperation has evolved and deepened by a current hegemon, i.e., the US, which feels threatened by China's challenge in a cybersecurity realm. The last paper aims to investigate the diplomatic strategies of middle countries located on the "geopolitical fault line", and to explore the possibilities and limitations of the solidarity strategies of the intermediate countries as an alternative option in Northeast Asia such as Russia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan.