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Prof. Quansheng Zhao and the power strategies of China, the US, and Japan

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Join us for a talk based on Dr. Quansheng Zhao's book which looks at power strategies and policy making in the US, Japan, and China.

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Professor Quansheng Zhao is a Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, Chair of Asian Studies Research Council, a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and editor of Global China. He has also testified at the U.S. Congress on China's high-speed railway system.

Dr. Zhao's new book, Comparative Research on China-U.S.-Japan Great Power Strategies (Zhongmeiri Daguo Zhanlue Bijiao Yanjiu, published in Chinese by Wunan Book Publishing, Taipei) is a unique comparative study of the Three Powers (China, the United States, and Japan). Putting the three countries together for internal and diplomatic comparison, the book studies the thinking and debate on relevant policies within each country, and then the respective foreign policies of each, including their interactions. This unique contribution to the Asia-Pacific literature includes both theoretical and empirical analyses, as well as consideration of several decades of policy issues.

The theoretical framework of this book is a combination of  micro-macro linkage perspectives, first elaborated in Zhao’s earlier book Interpreting China's Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press). The interaction between the researchers (groups and individuals) is used as the main point of investigation in order to carry out a comparative study on the foreign policies and strategies of China, the United States and Japan. The book includes both new academic theories and Dr. Zhao's personal experience in research and teaching, and with its "practice and thinking" elements encourages ongoing reflection and discussion.

From power strategies of America’s global leadership strategy to Japan’s titled middle way foreign policy, and to China’s drive for modernization, Dr. Zhao discusses the changing nature of international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, and how they are shaping new strategies in all three countries.

Moderator: Dr. Jin Y. Park, Director of Asian Studies and Professor of Philosophy & Religion. Jin Y. Park is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Founding Director of the Asian Studies Program at American University. Park's research areas include East Asian Buddhism (especially Zen and Huayan Buddhism), postmodernism, deconstruction, Buddhist ethics, Buddhist philosophy of religion, Buddhist-postmodern comparative philosophy, and modern East Asian philosophy.

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Professor Louis Goodman, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of International Service. Louis Goodman carries out research on social change and politics in Latin America and in Asia. His current research focuses on public goods, regional alliances and development. He has published widely on Latin American topics. Recently he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His most recent publication “Reshaping Global Order in the 21st Century”, co-authored with Amitav Acharya and Antoni Estevadeordal, was published in the journal China and World Economy.

Professor Joseph Torigian, Assistant Professor, School of International Service. Joseph Torigian studies the politics of authoritarian regimes with a specific focus on elite power struggles, civil-military relations, and grand strategy. He selects topics based on the widest gap between the under-utilization of available documents and their theoretical and empirical importance, extracts broader lessons, and uses those lessons to help us to understand three nations of crucial geopolitical importance – Russia, China, and North Korea. His research agenda draws upon comparative politics, international relations, security studies, and history to ask big questions about the long-term political trajectories of these three states. In particular, Professor Torigian is interested in how leaders in those countries create security against threats from within the elite, their own people, and other states.

Professor Taiyi Sun, Assistant Professor, Political Science. Christopher Newport University, (SIS, '10). Taiyi Sun’s research interests include Chinese politics, disaster politics, civil society, and the international political economy. More specifically, he studies how major institutional disruptions would change state-society relations in authoritarian countries. His work has appeared in the China Quarterly, China Information, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Routledge, Australia National University Press, and SIS’ own Journal of International Service.

Co-Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and the Office of Research at School of International Service.

American University is committed to accessible programming and services. For accommodations, please contact asac@amrican.edu.

This event is free. Registration is requested but not required.

To be held in McDowell Hall Formal Room, Main Campus, American University.

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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