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Spring/Summer 2015

  • 16 June 2015: Seminar on 'Xi China in Asian Regional Integration' with Prof Ren Xiao (Fudan University).
    10:30am, S0.09 (Social Sciences Building). Full information on this event can be found here.
  • 9 June 2015: Seminar on 'Japan's international relations in 2015' with Sir David Warren (former UK ambassador to Japan).
  • 11am-1pm, S0.09 (Social Sciences Building). Full information on this event can be found here.
  • 12 May 2015: Seminar on 'Critical Perspectives on ASEAN in 2015' with Dr Kelly Gerard (University of Western Australia) and Dr Lee Jones (QMUL).
    2-4pm, S0.17 (Social Sciences Building). Full information on this event can be found here.
  • 21 April 2015: Workshop on 'Post-War Japan as a Sea Power' with Dr Alessio Patalano (King's College London).
    4-5pm, R1.04 (Ramphal Building). Full information on this event can be found here.
  • 21 April 2015: Guest lecture on 'Beyond Gunboats: Rethinking Naval Diplomacy and HADR in East Asia' with Dr Alessio Patalano (King's College London).
    2-3:30pm, R2.41 (Ramphal Building). Full information on this event can be found here.
  • 5 March 2015: Seminar on 'Facebook, Political Space and the 2013 Elections in Cambodia' with Prof Caroline Hughes (Bradford).
    2-4pm, S1.50 (Social Sciences). Full information on this event can be found here.
  • 3 March 2015: Special lecture on 'Hegemony, Hierarchy, and the Order Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia' with Prof Evelyn Goh (ANU).
    2-3pm, S0.20 (Social Sciences).
    • Summary: How has world order changed since the Cold War ended? Do we live in an age of American empire, or is global power shifting to the East with the rise of China? Arguing that existing ideas about balance of power and power transition are inadequate, Goh reinterprets the changing nature of U.S. power, focused on the ‘order transition’ in East Asia. Hegemonic power is based on both coercion and consent, and hegemony is crucially underpinned by shared norms and values. Thus hegemons must constantly legitimize their unequal power to other states. In periods of strategic change, the most important political dynamics centre on this bargaining process, conceived here as the negotiation of a social compact.

      The talk is based on Goh’s latest book, The Struggle for Order (OUP, 2013), which studies the re-negotiation of this consensual compact between the U.S., China and other states in post-Cold War East Asia. It analyses institutional bargains to constrain and justify power; attempts to re-define the relationship between a regional community and the global economic order; the evolution of great power authority in regional conflict management; and the salience of competing justice claims in memory disputes. It finds that U.S. hegemony has been established in East Asia after the Cold War mainly because of the complicity of key regional states. But the new social compact also makes room for rising powers and satisfies smaller states’ insecurities. The book controversially proposes that the East Asian order is multi-tiered and hierarchical, led by the U.S. but incorporating China, Japan, and other states in the layers below it.

  • 20 February 2015: Policy Seminar on Myanmar with Prof Dr Aung Tun Thet (economic adviser to the President of Myanmar; Yangon University).
    2-3pm, S0.17 (Social Sciences).
  • 20 February 2015: Seminar on 'China: Controlling the Maritime Commons' with Dr David Reindorp (Royal Navy, retired).
    2-4pm, H3.56 (Humanities). Full information on this event can be found here.
  • 11 February 2015: Discussion meeting, 'Emotional Baggage: The Abduction Issue in Japan's North Korea Policy'
    Introduced by MA IPEA graduate Katie Dingley (Warwick); 2-3pm, S0.52 (Social Sciences Building).