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Trade and Environment: Is the EU a lame duck in front of China?LSE IDEAS Visiting Fellow Dr Valeria Zanier and Ms Yu Jie, also from IDEAS, will be holding an enlightening discussion which will shed some light on the dynamics of present EU-China relations. 6th May, 16.30 - 18.00, Clement House (CLM) Room 7.02. This is an event organised by the LSESU European Society.
Prof Arne Westad Writes for LA Times on China and ASEANDirector of LSE IDEAS and Head of IDEAS East Asia International Affairs Programme, Prof Arne Westad argues that "China, for its part, needs to rein in a self-centered and sometimes confrontational foreign policy, which is unlikely to succeed. Without a continuous, forward-looking process of negotiations, the ASEAN-China relationship will go nowhere."
Will China Dominate the 21st Century?IDEAS East Asia programme proudly hosted three renowned China experts as well as one of the most distinguished Chinese diplomats for the final lecture of IDEAS Asia Rising Public Lecture Series, please follow the event link for lecture podcast of 18th March 2014
IDEAS Ranked 2nd Best University Aflliated Think Tank-Press Release in ChineseIDEAS ranked 2nd Best University Affiliated Think-Tank Press Release in Chinese
Rising Asia: Lessons Learned From European Integration?Economic and political integration is high on the agenda in Asia, in ASEAN as well as more widely in the region. What can the region learn from the process of integration in Europe. Find it out by joining Professor Simon Hix and Professor Arne Westad on 5th February. LSE IDEAS will kick off its Public Lecture Series on Asia Rising in the Year of Horse!
IDEAS Public Lecture Series on "Asia Rising?"The great defining debate of the 21st century now seems to revolve around one fundamental question: will the future belong to the new rising powers of Asia revolving around the great economic power-house called China or the old Transatlantic powers of the West still led by the United States? LSE IDEAS launches a series of public lectures in the coming Lent Term to explore the dynamism of two great powers, featured speakers including Michael Cox, John Ikenberry, Arne Westad,Jonathan Fenby, Isabel Hilton and Simon Hix.
Crisis Mismanagement in the East China SeaAmid US re-balancing toward Asia, China-Japan Relations have entered a dangerous stand-off over islands in the East China Sea. For the first time, IDEAS East Asia International Affairs Programme hosts a seminar to discuss a long and troublesome Sino-Japan Relations with Professor Jessica Weiss from Yale University
Chinese and Brazilian Cooperation with African AgricultureLSE IDEAS Africa Fellow, Dr Sergio Chichava will be giving a talk entitled: Chinese and Brazilian Cooperation with African Agriculture. The Case of Mozambique. Tuesday 11th June, 12.30 - 2.00pm, EAS E168 (East Building) Speaker: Dr Sergio Chichava; Discussant: Dr Chris Alden
Is China Inc. Conquering the World?In recent years, the rest of the world has portrayed Chinese companies as soldiers in an economic Trojan horse, quietly buying up the world in an attempt to challenge the prevailing order as well as gaining political capital overseas. Chinese companies have acquired natural resources and purchased sophisticated technologies from their business partners and competitors. Chinese firms have therefore become an indispensable part of China’s foreign policy making process. IDEAS seminar brings together a group of distinguished practitioners and academics who will explore the economic and political impact of China’s outward direct investments on Beijing’s foreign relations with other countries.
60 Years After the End of Korean WarThe Korean War was one of the defining conflicts of the Cold War in Asia, and the Korean peninsula remains divided along the border established at the end of the war. To mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, LSE IDEAS is organising a conference to discuss the conflict. Invited speakers will begin by exploring why the war ended the way it did, and what arrangements were made for the immediate post-war period. The discussion will then consider the legacy of the conflict for the region, and how many of the issues facing East Asia today can be traced to the end of the Korean War.
China and Globalisation from the Opium War to the Beijing OlympicsThe latest East Asia seminar will explore how the legacies of imperialist traumas of the past influence China’s surge toward international prominence in the present. Find out with historian Professor Jeff Wasserstrom from University of California, Irvine
Why the Chinese Communist Party is crucial in making Beijing's Foreign Policy?Why has diplomacy been central to the Chinese Communist Party’s global interactions over the past 30 years? Zhou Guohui aims to explain why and will further analyse how Beijing can effectively utilize this strategy.
Hopes for Reform and Fear of UncertaintyThe 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party held last November saw a wholesale replacement of the old with a new Party leadership. More than two-thirds of the old team has stepped down and the change has yet to run its full course. March this year is going to witness the appointment of a new government leadership, including the President, the Prime Minister and the State Council.The panel will be Chaired by Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, Department of Anthropology, LSE and includes Professor Arne Westad, Co-Director of LSE IDEAS, Professor Athar Hussain, Director of the LSE Asia Research Centre and Dr Debin Ma, Department of Economic History, LSE.
China's me-first Foreign PolicyArne Westad commented on China's post-18 Party Congress foreign policy at Los Angeles Times. He suggested that "China needs to learn from its past that a good foreign policy must be more than only seeking what is best for one's country to the detriment of others. It is rather to seek to create a region, and eventually a world, where as many as possible believe that China's rise can also be to their own advantage".
Professor Westad has been interviewed by Chinese Xinhua News Agency and suggested he is optimistic on China's peaceful rise - XinhuaProfessor Westad has been interviewed by Chinese Xinhua News Agency, one the main news media of the country. During the interview, Professor Westad suggested "China has the great power within the region, and the responsibility to make sure that conflicts do not spilt over".
Professor Westad's "Restless Empire" listed as one of the most desirable books for this Christmas by The GuardianFollowing Beijing's once in a decade leadership transition, the Middle Kingdom has attracted constant attentions to the rest of the world. Our (understandable) preoccupation with China has continued to bear historical fruit, with Odd Arne Westad's Restless Empire (Bodley Head)- a fine example of the way history can begin to make sense of the country for an outsider
Call for Papers: Fifty Years without JFK: Rethinking Global DiplomacyTo mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's passing, this conference will critically examine contemporary conceptions of Kennedy’s foreign policies, both thematically and regionally. It also aims to explore what current and historical perspectives on his foreign policy reveal about the legacy of the Kennedy administration’s engagement with the world. The conference panels will focus on US Cold War diplomacy in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Deadline for proposals: 14 January 2013.
China's Xi Won't be Able to Take on The WorldProf. Arne Westad's latest piece for Bloomberg, which made it to the front page of Google News 'World', argues that China has no overriding foreign policy framework, "nor is it even a viable policy, unless the country's aim is to antagonize its neighbours."
Restless Empire: the truth about the Middle Kingdom since 1750In his new book, Arne Westad argues that China's role in international affairs over the past 250 years has been determined by the country's restless irresolution as well as by its immense capacity for change. In this lecture he will discuss the significance of China's past for its behaviour in international affairs today.
The Mystery of North KoreaThe emergence of Kim Jong-un as North Korea's new leader will have a significant impact on international affairs in East Asia. What kind of changes are likely, and what could be their impact on the wider region? Kim Jong-Il has cast a long shadow over the strategic balance in North East Asia. IDEAS East Asia Programme hosts this exclusive lecture with one of the very best Korean experts in the UK. We aim to disentangle his demise and its crucial impact on security of North East Asia on 4th Oct
NEW REPORT: China's Geoeconomic StrategyAs China rises, does it have a coherent global strategy to match its economic growth?
Kiss of the Dragon: How Sweet it is?LSE IDEAS East Asia Programme will host a very hot debate on China's Geo-Economic Strategy. We will have four very best Old China Hands on stage on 29th May.
In recent years, much has been made of China’s rise to prominence as an economic superpower. But what has been the strategy driving this process, and in an era characterised by economic crisis in the West, what kind of global role does China’s geoeconomic strategy aspire to?
A new IDEAS Special Report on China’s Geoeconomic Strategy will be launched at this highly anticipated public lecture.
Jonathan Fenby: An old China hand with his new book and views on China, a Public Lecture on 24th AprilIn Tiger Head, Snake Tails, China Today: How it Got There and Where it is Heading, Jonathan Fenby draws together the political, economic and social aspects of today's China to give a unique overview of the emerging superpower. His book also covers foreign relations, history and its heritage, regional matters, demography, the environment, corruption and the "trust deficit". It concludes with an account of the new leaders who will take over running China from the end of this year and assess the challenges they will face.
The Debate on China's Peaceful RiseProfessor Barry Buzan and Chinese Diplomat Yang Jun offered two very different views on "China's Peaceful Rise". We encourage IDEAS enthusiasts and China followers to join our debate.
Views from China by three Chevening Fellows at IDEAS on 6th March 2012China has become the engine of global growth and represents a major shift in the balance of power. On the one hand, we have continuously focused on the nature of China's rise and its economic relations with the rest of the world. On the other hand, China has observed with great interest Western governance experiences such as the concept of "Big Society" and to analyse its plausibility within the country. This seminar will give fresh views on such topics from perspectives of the Chinese government and the Communist Party.
China's Grand Strategy in a Changing Global Order: how can China manage its own success?LSE IDEAS East Asia International Affair Programme and King's College China Institute successfully co-hosted a one day workshop to bring together a group of leading China experts and policy practitioners from across Europe and China. They identified and analysed the dynamics and new characteristics of the Chinese foreign policy and its development over the last decade, particularly in the years since the 2008 global financial crisis
Chevening Programme Visiting Fellows - People - IDEAS - HomeNew Chevening visiting fellows arrive at IDEAS. They are from three different government departments and will focus on three completely different topics, which cover both Chinese foreign affairs and domestic policy.
The End of the Party?Why has the Chinese Communist party survived nine decades, and what are the dangers that face it? The lecture will examine the party's tumultuous past and look at ways in which its former nemesis
The shifting global balance of power - China.org.cnIDEAS Senior Fellow Professor Danny Quah argues that as the economic centre of gravity shifts East, the question should not be what is good for the West, but what is good for the world as a whole.
World's centre of economic gravity shifts eastIDEAS Senior Fellow Professor Danny Quah explains how the world's economic centre of gravity has shifted 3000 miles east over the last 30 years, and will continue to do so.
The Twin Rise of China and Japan and the Future of the East Asian OrderProfessor Michael Cox to speak at major Chinese conference on on the future of the East Asia Order. The conference is to be held on 5 November 2010 at the Paul S. Lam Conference Centre, Amenities Building, Lingnan University.
New Videos: Power Shift: West to EastMick Cox and Arne Westad debate the shift in global power away from the West and towards the East
Global Power Shifts: Power Shift? Not YetProf Cox in Chatham House's The World Today: It is fast becoming the new 'truth' among many writers that one part of the world - Asia and the east - is moving up, while another - the west - is moving down. Paul Kennedy, in his article Rise and Fall in the August/September edition says this has to be viewed within a broader transition; the 'most significant…of the new century' which is also witnessing the rise of China at the expense of both Europe and the United States.
China and the International System: Joining, Contributing, or Hollowing Out?As China has become more powerful and its leverage has increased, its hyper-realist foreign policy has had the effect of 'hollowing out' the international system. In fact, what was thought in the late 1990s to be a floor for further Chinese engagement in several key areas has, in fact, turned out to be a ceiling.
François Godement is a professor and director of Asia Centre at Sciences Po in Paris and senior policy fellow of the European Council on Foreign relations.
The East Asian Century?Presentation by Professor Barry Buzan at the LSE IDEAS East Asia International Affairs Programme Launch. Professor Buzan analysed the evolution of international society in East Asia.