Professor David Arase from John Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies spoke about the current South China Sea conflict. Professor Arase is a Resident Professor of International Politics at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, PRC. The talk focused on how significant the conflict in the South China Sea is for China and ASEAN nations. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines have competing territorial and jurisdictional claims, particularly over rights to exploit the region’s possibly extensive reserves of oil and gas. Professor Arase gave a lecture and discussion to introduce the nature of the disputes in the South China Sea, and what is at stake for rival claimants, external powers, and the general international community.