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Asia-Pacific Security Dynamics in the Obama Era: Systemic Turbulence in Transitional Times

Mr Mahmud Ali, Professor Arne Westad (chair)
8 February 2011, 6.30pm, COL.B212

This seminar will address the recent development between China and the US in terms of military engagement in Asia-Pacific region. Since We live in times of transitional tensions as great-powers vie for position within a system betraying symptoms of strategic fluidity. Change is in the air, but the specificities of that change are unclear, as is the likely systemic end-state. Starting a decade before Secretary of State Alexander Haig noted, 'In terms of the strategic interests of the United States and the West in the last quarter of the 20th century, China may be the most important country in the world,US-China relations have swung from hostility through covert collaboration to tacit alliance to 'near-peer rivalry' and 'strategic partnership,' a dynamic dialectic which has shaped the peak of the systemic power hierarchy in a manner few other bilateral relationships have done.




Mahmud Ali was trained at the Pakistan Military Academy (1970-71) and educated at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI - 1981), and King's College, London (1985-90).  During his two decades as a broadcaster, analyst, editor and manager with the BBC World Service, he published a series of volumes including a trilogy on the evolution of Sino-US security interactions. He has now completed a follow-on volume titled 'Asia-Pacific Security Dynamics in the Obama Era: A New World Emerging.' 



Arne Westad is Co-director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International History at LSE.



B212, 2nd Floor Columbia House, London School of Economics.