East Asia is Not as Dangerous as We Think

Book cover for American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century by David C. Kang


5:30–6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 23 
McLaren 250

US-China and regional security in 2019 by David C. Kang, Mara Crutcher Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California

Trade wars, dark talk about Chinese aggressiveness, and worries about American decline in East Asia are the norm. But the reality is actually different: although China is a powerful and influential country, the US and China are far from war; and most countries in the region want good relations with both of these superpowers. This talk will examine East Asian regional security and provide an overview of a surprisingly stable and vibrant region in which business, not war, is the main concern.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Speaker
David C. Kang is Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California, where he also is director of the USC Korean Studies Institute. Kang’s latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017). A former Fulbright scholar, Kang did his undergraduate work at Stanford and earned his PhD at Berkeley.

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