About PASS
About the Program in Asian Security Studies at Duke University

Visting Scholars Program
Information about the program and about our scholars
Past/upcoming PASS events and campus & community events
Useful Information for Scholars
Conferences and Symposiums
Past and upcoming conferences and symposiums dealing with matters of Security
Articles by Scholars

No problem is of greater importance to East Asian states today than ensuring the region's peace and stability. The Cold War's end has prompted the key powers in East Asia to reevaluate their national security objectives. In addition to general security concerns, three trouble spots -- the Taiwan Straits, the Korean Peninsula, and the South China Sea--are particularly destabilizing. Given the increasing importance of East Asia and the growing security concerns in this area, Duke University established the Program in Asian Security Studies (PASS) in 1998. PASS sponsors conferences, seminars and lectures to encourage critical research and discussion of East Asian security policy issues. It has recently inaugurated a new Korea Forum designed to promote a greater understanding of the significant cultural, social, economic and political contributions of Korea to East Asia and to the world.

Professor Emerson Niou is the director of the Program. Dr. Niou, Professor of Political Science at Duke University, received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin and specializes in formal theory, international relations and East Asian politics. He is the coauthor of The Balance of Power (Cambridge University Press, 1989).