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Sino-US struggles over Asia: AHRC Obama Research Network Symposium




PLEASE NOTE VENUE FOR THIS EVENT: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London

The final symposium under the auspices of the AHRC Obama Research Network aims to explore the implications of America's 'Asia pivot' while simultaneously China emerges as an increasingly more influential regional and global power. Of special interest is the impact on South East Asia of Sino-US rivalries in terms of soft power projection, economic competition, identity and security matters.

Symposium Fees and Booking

Full price: £54 (includes VAT at 20%)

Student: £10

Proof of student status will be required on registration

Places are limited

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A separate booking must be made for the event on 25th April at City University London

Provisional Programme


10am -12am  Round Table: Asia, the new fulcrum of global politics?

Xenia Dormandy,  RIIA;
Rosemary Foot (Oxford); The resurgence of China and its global and regional implications
Shaun Breslin (Warwick);  China's Soft  Power?
Steve Burman (Sussex/FCO); Rising Asia, Declining America? implications for Britain
Bruce Cumings (Chicago): Back to the future: Obama's 'pivot' to Asia in historical perspective

1pm -3pm  Round Table: Soft power struggles in Asia

Rasmus Bertelsen (Aalborg), American universities and soft power in Asia;
Giles Scott-Smith (Leiden), American Educational Exchange programmes in Asia;
Inderjeet Parmar (City), US Philanthropic Foundations' Record in Asia;
Oliver Turner (Manchester), Projecting 'Rising' China

3.30-5.30pm  Round Table: Identity and hard power in Asia

Doug Stokes (Exeter)/Richard Whitman (Kent),  Drifting Together? America's Asian Pivot and Transatlantic Grand strategy
Sandra Halperin (Royal Holloway, London), The Political Economy of Sino-US Rivalry;
Mark Ledwidge (Canterbury), Race, Identity and US foreign policy;
Steve Chan (SOAS), Theorising China's Rise;
Sidharth Varadarajan (Editor, The Hindu, India), India and the US Pivot to Asia


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When & where

9.15am - 5.30pmFriday 26th April 2013

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