Competition in the South China Sea: What are the Stakes?

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Competition in the South China Sea: What are the Stakes?

International Lecture Series #2:

Competition in the South China Sea: What are the Stakes?

Speaker: Prof. Christopher Twomey

Cost:$15 CIR Members (or $36 for the series of 3 lectures); $20 Non-members & Guests (or $48 for the series of 3 lectures)

Location: The Forum – Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive

Below find a brief interview with Prof. Twomey describing some of the issues and dynamics he’ll discuss during his talk.


Dr. Twomey is an Associate Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate  School where his focus is Chinese foreign policy and East Asia security. He works with the Departments of State and Defense on a range of strategic and Asian security issues.  He is a member of the Institute for Strategic Studies, Adjunct Staff at RAND Corporation, consults for the National Bureau of Asia Research and has taught at Harvard, RAND, and other institutions. Dr. Twomey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UC San Diego and his PhD in Political Science from MIT.

This talk will address the territorial and other claims that nations are making in the South China Sea and the bases for these claims. We will hear of the economic importance of the South China Sea to various claimants, including the national interests of those claimants and those of the United States. Dr. Twomey will speak to China’s national interests in the Sea—theirevolution over time and how they are related to Chinese national identity and nationalism. Finally we will hear his views on the potential for peaceful resolution of conflicting claims and the possibility we may deal with unresolved claims indefinitely.

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