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Asan Book Launch

“Assessing China’s Power”

Assessing China’s Power

edited by


Professor of International Relations
Director of the Program on US-China Relations
Seoul National University

hosted by

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies


Date / Time: Thursday, December 3, 2015 / 3:00-4:30PM
Location: 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW-8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036
Contact: Eileen Block (asaninstdc@asaninst.org/202-464-6017)

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The Asan Institute for Policy Studies will host the Asan Book Launch of Assessing China’s Power (Palgrave 2015) edited by Professor Jae Ho Chung of Seoul National University, on Thursday, December 3 2015 in Washington, D.C. The topic of China’s rise and what it really means for the global and regional order is the subject of intense debate in scholarly discourse around the world. While some are confident that China will rise to the status of a peer competitor to the United States, others are more cautious. Assessing China’s Power engages with this debate through empirical, sector-based, and systematic assessments of China’s power. Top scholars address China’s power today, compare China’s power with that of the USA, and forecast China’s power in 2025. This volume offers persuasive accounts of where China stands out, where China still has room to improve, and where China’s comprehensive power will be within the hierarchy of the international system.



Volume Editor
Jae Ho Chung
Professor of International Relations, Seoul National University

Chapter Contributor
Andrew Erickson
Associate Professor, Strategic Research Department, U.S. Naval War College

Gilbert Rozman
Editor-in-Chief, The Asan Forum

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Speaker Biographies

Jae Ho Chung is Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Program on U.S.-China Relations at Seoul National University. Professor Chung is a graduate of Seoul National University, Brown University, and the University of Michigan where he earned his Ph.D. in 1993. Before joining Seoul National University in 1996, he taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1993–1996). He was also a CNAPS Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2002–2003), and Korea Foundation Visiting Professor at Renmin University of China in 2007. Dr. Chung has served on advisory committees for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Reunification, and the National Security Council. Professor Chung is the author or editor of seventeen books, including Central Control and Local Discretion in China (Oxford Univ. Press, 2000), Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States (Columbia Univ. Press, 2007), China’s Crisis Management (Routledge, 2011), and Centrifugal Empire (Columbia Univ. Press, forthcoming). Professor Chung is the founding coordinator of the Asian Network for the Study of Local China (ANSLoC: http://www.ansloc.net). Professor Chung is a recipient of Seoul National University’s Best Researcher Award in 2009. Professor Chung also received the Best Research Book Award by the Korean Association for International Studies in 2012.

Andrew S. Erickson is Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College and a core founding member of the Department’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He is Associate in Research at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (2008–present). Dr. Erickson also serves as an expert contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report (中国实时报) for which he has authored or co-authored 26 articles. In 2013, he was deployed in the Pacific as a Regional Security Education Program Scholar aboard USS Nimitz (CVN68), Carrier Strike Group 11. The National Bureau of Asian Research awarded him the inaugural Ellis Joffe Prize for PLA Studies in 2012. Dr. Erickson was a Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program in residence at Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies (2010–2011). He was a Fellow in the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program, and served as a scholar escort on a five-Member Congressional trip to Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, and Shanghai (2008–2011). Dr. Erickson received his Ph.D. and M.A. in international relations and comparative politics from Princeton University, and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in history and political science. He blogs at http://www.andrewerickson.com.

Gilbert Rozman taught at Princeton University from 1970 to 2013. He now serves as the editor of The Asan Forum, an online journal on the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. His writings bridge sociology, history, and political science, concentrating on the states of Northeast Asia.