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LPS-IR208: Power Shift: China, the United States and the West in a New Asian Century

If the 19th century was British and the 20th Century American, then will the 21st century be Asian or even Chinese? Many think it will be. But if economic power is shifting away from the West and the United States towards the ‘East’ and China - as is now claimed - then what will this mean for world politics and the global economy? Will all this lead - as some optimists argue - to a more equal international order, more prosperity and greater economic integration between increasingly interdependent states?  Or will it lead – as many are beginning to wonder – to increased international tensions and less economic certainty? Finally, within this fast changing new world economic order can China continue to rise peacefully, will American be prepared to decline “gently”, and can Asia continue along its current prosperous path without tipping over into war? These are but a few of the very big questions around which this course will be organized.

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About the Instructor


Professor Michael Cox was appointed to a Chair in International Relations at the London School of Economics in 2003 and previously held appointments in Northern Ireland, Wales, the USA and Australia. More recently he was appointed Director of the Cold War Studies Centre at LSE, and in 2007 Co-Director of LSE IDEAS, a Centre for the Study of Diplomacy and Strategy. He has held external positions at Chatham House, London, the Nobel Institute in Oslo, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Royal United Services Institute.

A highly experienced international lecturer, he speaks on a range of contemporary global issues, though most recently he has focused on US foreign policy, the state of transatlantic relationship, the role of the United States in the international economy, the rise of Asia and the longer term problems facing the European Union