International Lecture Series #3:
Sino-U.S. Relations and the South China Sea: The Tempest or Much Ado About Nothing?
Speaker: Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry
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
Professor Eikenberry is the Oskenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow and Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at the Stanford University Asia-Pacific Center. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009-2011 following retirement with the rank of Lieutenant General after a 35 year career in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of West Point, holds graduate degrees from Harvard University in East Asian Studies, Stanford University in Political Science, and Nanjing University in Chinese History. Among numerous publications and awards, Amb. Eikenberry received the George F. Kennan Award for Distinguished Public Service.
Global stability, prosperity, and progress in the 21st century are contingent on the state of U.S.-China relations. China’s leaders seek in the coming years to displace the U.S. as the guarantor of security in the Western Pacific. The current tensions in the South China Sea may be more indicative of rivalry between an emerging challenger and a status quo power than competing sovereign claims. This talk will explore the potential for future U.S.-China cooperation and conflict through the lens of the ongoing maritime disputes in East Asia.