On February 1-2, 2007, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized a conference on “A Rising Asia and the International System.” Diplomats and academics from seven different countries including China, France, Germany, India, Japan, United States, and United Kingdom, participated in the conference.

Besides discussing questions of sovereignty and democracy in the international system, the conference examined the ongoing global power shifts and the resultant impact on the international system. The participants also debated the shape of the future security architecture in Asia, the impact of a rising Asia on transatlantic relations and the future U.S. and European roles in the international system.