At a time when Asia is undergoing truly astounding economic, political, and security changes, the narrative of the region’s seemingly endless rise has predominated. Yet despite this, Asia’s unparalleled economic success remains mired in virtually all of the world’s most pressing security and political problems. 

Chung Min Lee discussed his new book, Fault Lines in a Rising Asia, and argued that Asia’s rise is not synonymous with an Asian-led international order—and that the region faces multiple tipping points with unprecedented magnitudes. Carnegie’s Douglas H. Paal moderated. 

Chung Min Lee

Chung Min Lee is a professor of international relations at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul and a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Lee is also a council member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and served from 2013-2016 as South Korea’s ambassador for national security affairs. 

Douglas H. Paal

Douglas H. Paal is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International (2006–2008) and was an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan (2002–2006).