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

Nov 12, 2014Highlights

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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