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Current Events

Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre and International Relations Event:

The Challenges of Trump's America and Xi's China: perspectives and strategies in Northeast and Southeast Asia

Date: Friday 8 September 2017, 2.00 - 5.30pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

How much continuity is there between the Obama administration’s ‘rebalance’ to the Asia-Pacific and Washington’s current policy objectives and priorities? In what ways has China’s ‘assertive’ foreign policy toward its periphery given way to a new charm offensive and the lure of economic advantage?

This double-panel event will compare and contrast old and new priorities and policy instruments pursued by the US and China vis-a-vis East Asia. It will examine how states in Northeast and Southeast Asia are manoeuvring in reaction to the various challenges brought forth, against the current dynamics of great power relations between Washington and Beijing.

This event is free and open to all, however a ticket is required. Registration will open on the event webpage on Friday 25th August.

For further information, visit the event webpage.

SEAC 080917

International Relations Public Lecture:

Beyond Gridlock

Date: Thursday 5 October 2017, 6.30 - 8.00pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Dr Thomas Hale and Professor David Held
Chair: Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi

The world increasingly needs effective international cooperation, but multilateralism appears unable to deliver it in the face of deepening interdependence, rising multipolarity, and the growing complexity and fragmentation that characterise the global order. The new book Beyond Gridlock explores seven
pathways through and even beyond gridlock.

Thomas Hale (@thomasnhale) is Associate Professor of Public Policy (Global Public Policy) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

David Held is Master of University College, and Professor of Politics and International Relations, at Durham University.

Mathias Koenig-Archibugi is Associate Professor of Global Politics at LSE.

This is event is free and open to all on a first come, first serve basis. A ticket or pre-registration is not required.

For any queries e-mail or phone 0207 955 6821.

Twitter hashtag for this event: #LSEBeyondGridlock