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The Bush Doctrine and Neoconservatism: A Chinese Perspective

Miliband Lecture on American Power in the 21st Century

Date: Monday 9 June 2003
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Zhiyuan Cui
Chair: Professor David Held, LSE

Professor Zhiyuan Cui is the Chairman and Professor of the Department of Political Science, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China. He is currently the Senior Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School this academic semester. He got his PhD from University of Chicago in 1995 and is the author of several books and numerous articles in Chinese. His English book " Wrestling with the Invisible Hand: Soft-Budget-Constraint in the Capitalist Economy", forthcoming from Harvard University Press, 2004.

The response of the European public opinion to the Bush Doctrine is to emphasize its novelty. Many intellectuals in Europe (eg Habermas) were against the War on Iraq, though they supported the Kosovo War. In contrast, the mainstream public opinion in China emphasizes the continuity between Bush's and Clinton's foreign policies. This is not simply a reflection of the fact that the Chinese embassy was bombed during the Kosovo War, nor that both the Kosovo War and the Iraq War had no UN authorization. It has more to do with the geopolitical position of China and the Chinese world view.

This lecture will try to make sense (or nonsense) of the Chinese perspective in the current global debate on integration, diversity and international law.

This lecture is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.

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