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Calm Sea

U.S.-China Security Dialogues: Advancing Communication at a Bilateral Crisis Point (2019-2022)

This project is a series of dialogue conferences aimed at producing dialogue and productive conversations among former senior military officers, government officials, and leading scholars of the US and China. The dialogues will focus primarily on the South China Sea disputes and maritime security issues concerning the two nations. This project will also discuss and research the interrelated regional security issues, especially the North Korea nuclear impasse, to better understand the South China Sea disputes within the changing regional security dynamics.  

The overarching goal of this project is to advance US-China communication and dialogue on key security issues at this bilateral crisis point. This project has the following objectives: (1) to establish alternative channels of communication over key security issues, especially when the bilateral relationship is in crisis and high-level communication is obstructed; (2) to assist American and Chinese policy communities in understanding each other’s perspectives, intentions and interests with regard to the South China Sea and the related regional security issues; and (3) to promote mutually beneficial conflict analysis, management and resolution, and develop new policy options and prevent misjudgment.


This is a collaborative project between Seton Hall University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea at Nanjing University.

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