SEMINAR: WHAT IS A “STRATEGIC PARNERSHIP?” Russo-Chinese Security Relations


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Politics, Governance, and Security Seminar by Thomas S. Wilkins, Assistant Professor, University of Salford, UK, POSCO Visiting Fellow, EWC

When: Aug 13 2007 (All day)
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 3012 (Third Floor), Noon - 1:15 PM

"Strategic Partnerships" represent a new mode of state-to-state alignment and one that is becoming increasingly integral to the dynamics of the Asia-Pacific regional security complex.Yet, not only is a precise definition of the term lacking, but no dedicated conceptualization of this new type of security alignment has been attempted to date by International Relations scholars.This research project is designed to rectify these shortfalls by employing Organizational Theories to create a conceptual model for explaining strategic partnerships.The model is applied to Moscow's strategic partnership with Beijing in an effort to elucidate the raison d'être, dynamics, and prospects of this new security actor. Though this process Dr. Wilkins will aim to clarify our understanding of the term "strategic partnership," and apply some conceptual rigor to its analysis.

Dr. Thomas S. Wilkins is at the East-West Center on a POSCO Fellowship.He is an Assistant Professor in International Security in the Department of Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford, UK.He currently holds a Kiriyama Research Fellowship at the Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco, until July 2008.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 07-23-2007