Asian Studies Centre seminar - China’s Vision of World Order


Tue, 19/02/2013 -
17:00 to 18:30
Dahrendorf Room, Founder’s Building, St Antony's College


Professor Rosemary Foot and Dr Faisal Devji


Dr Thomas Fingar (Stanford University)

Dr. Thomas Fingar is the inaugural Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He was the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford during January-December 2009.  From May 2005 through December 2008, he served as the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and, concurrently, as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Dr. Fingar served previously as Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (2001-2003), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis (1994-2000), Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (1989-1994), and Chief of the China Division (1986-1989). Between 1975 and 1986 he held a number of positions at Stanford University, including Senior Research Associate in the Center for International Security and Arms Control. Dr. Fingar is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B. in Government and History, 1968), and Stanford University (M.A., 1969 and Ph.D., 1977 both in Political Science).  His most recent book is Reducing Uncertainty:  Intelligence Analysis and National Security (2011).


If China had an opportunity to refashion the global order, what would it change and what would it seek to accomplish? The PRC has benefitted enormously from participation in the liberal international order but dislikes certain features and will have an important voice in deciding what to retain, replace, or reengineer in the overdue effort to update arrangements made inadequate by their success.  Fingar’s talk will examine systemic, historic, and situational factors likely to shape China’s objectives and expectations with respect to a post-American world.

All are welcome

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