Seminar: "Facing the new geopolitics: China as a polar great power"
Facing the new geopolitics: China as a polar great power
Speaker: Professor Anne-Marie Brady
China has emerged as a member of the elite club of nations who are powerful at both global poles. Polar states are global giants, strong in military, scientific, and economic terms. The concept of a polar great power is relatively unknown in international relations studies; yet China, a rising power globally, is now widely using this term to categorize its aspirations and emphasize the significance of the polar regions to their national interests. China's focus on becoming a polar great power represents a fundamental re-orientation - a completely new way of imagining the world. China's push into these regions encompasses maritime and nuclear security, the frontlines of climate change research, and the possibility of a resources bonanza. China's growing strength at the poles will be a game-changer for a number of strategic vulnerabilities that could shift the global balance of power in significant and unexpected ways.
Professor Anne-Marie Brady is a specialist in Chinese, Pacific and polar politics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and the Executive editor of The Polar Journal. She is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC. In 2014 she was appointed to a two-year term on the World Economic Forum's Global Action Council on the Arctic. Her recent publications include: Marketing Dictatorship: Propaganda and Thought Work in Contemporary China (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), China's Thought Management (Routledge, 2012), The Emerging Politics of Antarctica (Routledge, 2013) and China as a Polar Great Power (Cambridge University Press and Wilson Press, 2017), and the ground-breaking report “Magic Weapons: China’s Political Influence Activities Under Xi Jinping” (2017). She has been invited to speak on her research at the US State Department, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and other related agencies multiple times, as well as to many other governments.
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Location: CBS, Porcelænshaven 26, room 407