Global Vision Summit: Tensions in the South China Sea

March 04, 2017

148 internationally-minded high school students from 22 schools on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island gathered to learn about rising tensions in the South China Sea. Participants engaged in a negotiation simulation based on past conflicts around the Spratly Islands, and took on the roles of diplomats from China, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, and the United States.  The conference was held at Hawaii Pacific University's beautiful Aloha Tower Marketplace campus. 



Experts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, and Pacific Forum CSIS briefed students on their country’s interests and helped them to understand the diverse issues surrounding the South China Sea.  


Students then worked as a delegation to devise a negotiation strategy. Students excitedly took on their roles and engaged in animated debates, off-the-record negotiations, and fact-finding missions to learn more about other countries’ positions.



In the end, the countries were unable to strike a grand bargain, a realistic outcome that reflects the current situation in Southeast Asia.  Nevertheless, students learned important negotiation skills like remaining professional, focusing on constructive dialogue,  and finding common interests when confronted with conflicting positions. 


"I learned that it's not just a simple conflict with two sides, there were many point of views and it was interesting to see how they contradicted/lined up."
-Global Vision Summit Participant reflection 

Big mahalo to our very generous sponsors, guest speakers, and facilitators
who made this conference possible!

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Venue Sponsor:
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Alexander Vuving, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies 
Country Experts:
Dr. Patricio Abinales, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Dr. Kristi Govella, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies 
Mr. Edward Schwarck, SD Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS
Lt. Michael Straus, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Dr. Alexander Vuving, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies 
Career Guest Speakers:
Mr. Tom Graham, Pacific Islands Office of NOAA Fisheries
Amb. Lauren Kahea Moriarty
Lt. Michael Straus, U.S. Pacific Fleet
JP Alonzo, Marc Borcena, Colleen Garrett, Geraldine Ilan, Sharmaine Javier, Kristal Kaku, Kacey Martin, Lisa Takagi, Kevin Tangonan, Tracie Tapeni, Kathlene Vitug