Asan Plenum

Session: Session 2
Date/Time: April 24, 2018 / 16:30-18:00

Bonnie S. Glaser, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Kim Taehwan, Korea National Diplomatic Academy
Alexander Lukin, MGIMO University
William Overholt, Harvard University
Vasil Sikharulidze, Atlantic Council of Georgia
Zhu Feng, Nanjing University

Panel Description
As Western liberal democracies struggle to cope with an array of cultural, economic, and political issues arising from the onslaught of globalization, China and Russia seem to be offering alternative models of development, sometimes referred to as “state capitalism.” China’s rapid economic development has been matched by tightened control over its population and the eschewing of liberal values. President Xi Jinping now looks set to rule the country for life as he pursues a grand strategy that will, if successful, fundamentally reshape the regional order. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin is entering his nineteenth year in power and has used the tools of the state to stoke nationalism at home and spread instability abroad. Do China and Russia represent a new, nondemocratic, illiberal model of development for the 21st century? Can the West peacefully coexist with these “revisionist” powers?