Seminar: The United States and China in Southeast Asia: Competitive Coexistence?



About the Seminar

Southeast Asia has become an increasing geographic epicenter of the strategic competition and perceived power shift between the region’s two major powers, the United States and China. In this session, Professor David Shambaugh will discuss the dynamics of the competition, as well as the assets and liabilities that each power possesses in the region. Will ASEAN countries be able to continue to successfully “balance”, “engage”, and “hedge” both America and China? Where are the tension points, and what are the likely consequences of an inability to maintain a “competitive coexistence”?

About the Speaker

David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. He has visited or lived in China every year since 1979 and is fluent in Chinese. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he is on sabbatical from his position as Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University. He was formerly the Editor of The China Quarterly and Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). As an author, he has published more than 300 articles and 30 books – most recently China’s Future and The China Reader: Rising Power (both 2016).


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May 17 2017


11:00 am - 12:30 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 2