Zbigniew Brzezinski

Brzezinski Interivew
Timestamp Guide to Questions and Issues

00:50 How is the US re-engagement or “pivot” to Asia going?
04:07 In Japan and South Korea, there are competing visions for the alliance with the US.  In both policy elites, there are those who believe the US alliance is not only a core strategic interest and benefit, but that the role of US agent and proxy is largely defining for them and their relationships, and appropriately so.  There are others who believe that the relationship should mature and evolve, so that the Japanese and Koreans have more flexibility to engage their neighbors in the region and find their own mix of tools with which to pursue economic and security interests.  How do you think these debates will impact the alliances?
6:21 Would you say that Australia, too, has some of these same tensions in its alliance with us?  Many Australians are deeply worried at the prospect for increased US-Chinese tension, for instance.
7:28 How would a more strategic and long-term approach by the US prioritize the things on which it should engage with China?
9:00 You make a strong point in your book that a wise and strategic approach by key regional powers could re-energize a spirit of cooperation, and could ensure that East Asia will avoid the tragic history of Europe in the 20th century.
10:02 Is it possible that Xi Jinping could turn out to be a reformer on the order of Deng Xaoping?
12:30 When we look at the growth of missile defenses in East Asia, are we also seeing, inexorably, an arms race that is unconstrained?
15:25 Returning to Japan, Korea and even Australia, those who want more independence from the US within what they regard as a healthy and valuable alliance would not argue for an “equilibrium” between China and the US, but perhaps more of a voice about how the US handles itself in the region.
16:30 Under Clinton and Kim Dae Jung, much progress was made in both strengthening the alliance, through the MTCR, SOFA agreement
18:55 Do you think that, with a new administration in South Korea perhaps making fresh initiatives toward the North, that the US and China can also come into greater agreement on their interests on the Peninsula?  Will new possibilities open up?
20:06 Can ASEAN become more of a driver of regional cooperation, through adoption of a Code of Conduct, for instance, regarding resource/island disputes?  Can ASEAN play a larger role?

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