• China’s Role in the Global Order

Dr. Liselotte Odgaard speaks on U.S. policy towards China

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
2:30 - 3:45pm
Munce Conference Room, Archer 110
20 Derne Street, behind the Massachusetts State House


Dr. Liselotte Odgaard is a specialist in international security affairs, particularly those involving the United States and Asia. She is an Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Defence College.

Dr. Odgaard has done research at Harvard University and at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. She has just published a major new work, China and Coexistence: Beijing’s National Security Strategy for the 21st Century. (Johns Hopkins Press, 2011).

At Suffolk she will present an overview of current United States policy toward China and talk about how it affects other nationals in Asia Pacific.

China's diplomacy in the UN Security Council is used to assess China's role in the global order. China’s UNSC diplomacy involves looking for compromises between conflicting positions, UN authorization as a requirement for using force, support for the efforts of regional and functional organizations to help with conflict management, and the fundamental status of absolute sovereignty in international law. China's UNSC diplomacy reflects the interests of non-Western secondary and small powers. China’s UNSC policy on Libya has confirmed that China pursues a mixture of a reactive and a proactive form of diplomacy based on old and new elements of the UN system. The Libya case has consolidated China’s position as a maker of international order. China’s position encourages the development of an in-between type of international system without one coherent program for international order because the US and Europe continue to pursue a different order which involves protecting civil and political liberal rights in other countries.

This event is sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University. Free and open to the public.

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