Chinese Power and the Idea of a 'Responsible State' in a Changing World Order

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Robert O'Neill War Studies Lecture

Date & time

Monday 27 November 2017


The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU


Professor Rosemary Foot, University of Oxford


Bell School

2017 Robert O’Neill War Studies Lecture: Chinese Power and the Idea of a ‘Responsible State’ in a Changing World Order

Analysts and observers of China’s role in world and regional politics have been preoccupied with determining whether its behaviour could be deemed ‘responsible’ when measured against a range of dominant global norms. As one consequence of China’s resurgence globally and regionally, that approach no longer seems appropriate. Rosemary Foot argues that, for China, the idea of a responsible state has shifted from being an externally-imposed benchmark towards one where Beijing perceives itself as having earned a legitimate role in creating new institutions as well as in reshaping some of the global order norms that it sees as deficient or inappropriate. China is now moving into an era where it will determine what represents responsible behaviour in world politics.

Professor Rosemary Foot is the 2017 Des Ball Chair at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU. She is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. In 1996, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Her research interests cover security relations in the Asia-Pacific, human rights, Asian regional institutions, and China-US relations in a changing world order. Her books include The Wrong War: American Policy and the Dimensions of the Korean Conflict, 1950-53 (Cornell, 1985); The Practice of Power: US Relations with China since 1949 (Oxford, 1995); Rights Beyond Borders: the Global Community and the Struggle Over Human Rights in China (Oxford, 2000); China, the United States, and Global Order (Cambridge, 2011, with Andrew Walter); and The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford, 2014, co-edited with Saadia Pekkanen & John Ravenhill).

This lecture forms part of the annual Robert O’Neill War Studies Lecture series. Emeritus Professor Robert O’Neill, AO was Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) from 1971 to 1982 and remains an active part of the academic community. One of the world’s leading experts on strategic and security studies, O’Neill previously served as Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (1982-1987); Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University (1987-2000); Chairman of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (1995-2001); and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Imperial War Museum (1997-2001).

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