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“Understanding China’s Global Ambition” 

“Understanding China’s Global Ambition” 



Wednesday, August 8, 2018


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Registration: 04:30 PM )

Deputy Speakers Hall, Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg, New Delhi:  110001
Dr. John Fitzgerald, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Social Impact-Swinburne, Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Maiko Ichihara, Associate Professor at Hitotsubashi University, Japan
Dr. Seungjoo Lee, Professor of Political Science and International relations, Chung –Anh University, South Korea 
Dr. Andrew Nathan, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, USA
CHAIRMr.  Shivshankar Menon, Former National Security Advisor and Foreign Secretary of India
China’s rapid economic, political, and strategic rise has implications for the existing world order. Two decades ago, China’s influence barely extended beyond its borders. Few predicted its emergence as an economic powerhouse with global reach. Its $1 trillion One Belt One Road initiative spanning some 60 countries is just one among many ways Beijing seeks to rework the international system in its image. 

What type of world does China wish to see? Where do its interests and the democratic world’s converge or diverge? How does Beijing plan to geopolitically leverage its cross-border investments and loans? What are the options facing small and medium countries who need such capital but who will struggle to avoid being entrapped by China’s wealth? 

Join us for a discussion on China’s strategic interests and goals in the region and the world. 


Dr. John Fitzgerald, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Social Impact-Swinburne, Melbourne, Australia

John Fitzgerald is Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Social Impact-Swinburne in Melbourne, Australia. Previously, he was the Truby and Florence Williams Chair of Social Investment and Philanthropy and director of the Asia-Pacific Centre in Social Investment and Philanthropy at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining Swinburne, Fitzgerald served as the representative of the Ford Foundation in Beijing, where he directed the Foundation’s China’s operation. He has served as chair of the Education Committee of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia-China Council; as co-chair of the Committee for National and International Cooperation of the Australian Research Council; and as President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Fitzgerald’s research focuses on territorial government and civil society in China and on Australia’s Asian diasporas.

Dr. Maiko Ichihara, Associate Professor at Hitotsubashi University, Japan

Maiko Ichihara is Associate Professor of International Relations at Hitotsubashi University in Japan, and a member of the Rising Democracies Network, a research network on non-Western countries’ democracy support, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She earned her Ph.D. in political science from the George Washington University and M.A. in political science from Columbia University. Her research focuses on Japan’s democracy support and civil society. Her recent publications include: Japan's International Democracy Assistance as Soft Power: Neoclassical Realist Analysis (New York and London: Routledge, 2017); “The Changing Role of Democracy in Asian Geopolitics,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2017); and “Japan's Democracy Support to Indonesia: Weak Involvement of Civil Society Actors,” Asian Survey, 56-5 (September/October 2016), pp.905-930. She is currently working on a comparative study of democracy support conducted by Asian democracies.
Dr. Seungjoo Lee, Professor of Political Science and International relations, Chung –Anh University, South Korea

Seungjoo Lee is a professor of political science and international relations at Chung- Ang University, Seoul, Korea. Professor Lee received his Ph.D in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Lee has previously taught at the National University of Singapore and Yonsei University. He served as a vice president of the Korean Political Science Association and research director of the Korean Association of International Studies. Professor Lee is the co-editor of Northeast Asia: Ripe for Integration? And Trade Policy in the Asia- Pacific: The Role of Ideas, Interests, and Domestic Institutions. His publications appeared in various journals such as Comparative Political Studies, The Pacific Review, Asian Survey, and Korean Political Science Review. His current research focuses on the evolutionary dynamics of institutional balancing in East Asia, economy-security nexus in East Asia, cyber security diplomacy, and Korea’s development cooperation policy.

Dr. Andrew Nathan, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, USA

Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.  His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights.  He is engaged in long-term research and writing on Chinese foreign policy and on sources of political legitimacy in Asia, the latter research based on data from the Asian Barometer Survey, a multi-national collaborative survey research project active in eighteen countries in Asia.

Mr.  Shivshankar Menon, Former National Security Advisor and Foreign Secretary of India

Ambassador Shivshankar Menon is a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution. Prior to joining Brookings, Mr. Menon served as national security advisor to the Indian Prime Minister from January 2010 to May 2014 and as India’s foreign secretary from October 2006 to August 2009.


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