Robert Kaplan’s views of China in preventing threats in the Pacific

Robert Kaplan’s views of China in preventing threats in the Pacific

Robert D. Kaplan,  the Chief Geopolitical Analyst of Stratfor, shared his thoughts on China’s power in the BGF Conference focusing on building a Framework for peace and security in the Pacific, which was held on November 10, 2014 at Harvard Kennedy School.

 Mr. Kaplan is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for New American Security (CNAS). 

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Joseph Nye Receives Honor of Japan Emperor Akihito

(BGF) – Emperor Akihito of Japan presented Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph S. Nye with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, at the Imperial Palace on Wednesday, November 5 in recognition of his “contribution to the development of studies on Japan-U.S. security and to the promotion of the mutual understanding between Japan and the United States”, the Harvard Gazette reported.


Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Member of BGF’s Board of Thinkers

Joseph Nye is a member of Boston Global Forum’s Board of Thinkers and has served as leading contributor in building a Framework for peace and security in the Pacific. He also has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.

The Order of the Rising Sun was established by Emperor Meiji in 1875. The Order was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese Government. The award itself features rays of sunlight radiating from the rising sun. The attachment is shaped into a chrysanthemum.

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Prof Etel Solingen: The U.S. can play a constructive role in the effort of preventing threats in the Pacific

Prof Etel Solingen: The U.S. can play a constructive role in the effort of preventing threats in the Pacific

Professor Etel Solingen shared her thoughts to Boston Global Forum (BGF) from Singapore on underlined foundation of China politics and economy.  The BGF Conference focuses on building a Framework for peace and security in the Pacific which was held at Harvard Kennedy School on November 10, 2014.

She believed that “openness, inclusive rather than exclusive institutions, shared code of conduct” will help to prevent the threats in the Pacific. She also believed the U.S could play a constructive role in the effort.

Professor Etel Solingen is the  Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies and Chancellor’s Professor of University of California Irvine. She also is Lim Chong Yah Chair in Social Sciences at National University of Singapore.

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BGF Unveiled First Draft of the Framework for Peace in the Pacific

BGF Unveiled First Draft of the Framework for Peace in the Pacific

Cambridge, Massachusetts – Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and Professor Joseph Nye of Harvard led a Boston Global Forum (BGF) roundtable of noted experts as they created the first draft of “A Framework for Peace and Security in the Pacific”, the first in what will be a series of New Pacific Peace Initiatives held at 5 pm, Monday, Nov. 10, at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

On the same date, the BGF was also proud as the Boston South Station name was changed to “The Governor Michael Dukakis Transportation Center”. This is to honor the BGF Chairman Governor Dukakis for his help saving the station from demolition and he also has served as a strong tribute for mass transit.


Photo: Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan congratulated Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of BGF, in the conference opening as his name is used to rename the Boston South Station on the same date of conference.

The Global Conference was part of a series of international meetings that began in April this year. In addition to Cambridge, delegates participated from New York, Washington, DC, Tokyo, Singapore through Web Video Conferencing.


The Framework focused on:

  • Identifying the most important threats to peace and security in the Pacific;
  • Principles for creating peace and security in the Pacific; and
  • Action steps for promoting peace and security in the Pacific.

Speakers: Governor Michael Dukakis; Professor Joseph Nye; Robert D. Kaplan, Chief Geopolitical Analyst at StratforProfessor Etel Solingen; Dr. Patrick M. Cronin; Prof. Richard Rosecrance; and David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent of New York Times. 

Global Discussants: Prof. John Quelch; Prof. Thomas E. Patterson; Amb. JD Bindenagel; Amb. Ichiro Fujisaki; Amb.Seiichi Kondo; Prof. Dairokuno Kosaku; Prof. Suzanne Ogden; David Case; Nguyen Anh Tuan; Professor Barry Nolan; Llewellyn King; Linda Gasparello; Richard Pirozzolo; and Dr. Elliot Salloway.


Robert D. Kaplan – Chief Geopolitical Analyst, Stratfor; Non-resident senior fellow, Center for New American Security (CNAS) spoke during the conference.


David E. Sanger –  Chief Washington Correspondent, New York Times


Prof. Joseph Nye –ember of Board of Thinkers, Boston Global Forum; University Distinguished Service Professor; Former Dean, Harvard Kennedy School


Prof. Richard Rosecrance –Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Research Professor Of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles


Prof. Suzanne Ogden –Professor and Interim Chair of Northeastern University’s Department of Political Science.


Web Video Conferencing with Prof. Etel Solingen from Singapore.


Web Video Conferencing with Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador Seiichi Kondo, and Professor Kosaku Dairokuno from Tokyo

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Boston South Station renamed as ‘Dukakis Transportation Center’

On Monday, November 10, The MBTA officially renamed its South Station as “The Governor Michael Dukakis Transportation Center”, despite Gov. Dukakis’s opposition.

Dukakis  served as Massachusetts governor from 1975 to 1979 and from 1983 to 1991. He was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988, losing to George H.W. Bush. He is now the Co-founder and Chairman of the Boston Global Forum.

The Boston Globe said, the change is meant to honor the three-term governor who helped save the station from demolition and served as a strong champion for mass transit.


Governor Deval Patrick spoke with former governor Michael Dukakis after the ceremony. Photo credit by SUZANNE KREITER, Boston Globe

MBTA leader called it a “fitting tribute” but Gov. Dukakis said he did not approve of the renaming in the ceremony, typically naming of buildings after politicians, The reported.

The Boston also wrote – Gov. Dukakis was surprised when he heard the station name was changed to Michael S. Dukakis South Station Transportation Center.


 (Photo Credit: Michael Sangalang)

According to Boston NPR news station, the 90.0 WBUR, the State lawmakers voted earlier this year to rename the station in honor of Dukakis, who was known for an advocate for public transportation and was known for taking the public transit to work during his time in office.

Michael Dukakis

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis was known for taking public transit to work during his time in office. Above he talks to commuters on a streetcar from Brookline to Boston in 1975. (Photo credit: AP)