Sport and Politics in Asia with Dr. Victor Cha


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Asia-Pacific Security Seminar

When: Jan 14 2009 (All day)
Where: Washington D.C.: East-West Center in Washington Conference Room, 12:30-2:00 PM

The Beijing Olympics will be remembered as the most expensive and most controversial games of the modern era. Some argue that China's successful hosting of the Olympics highlights its emergence as a responsible international player, while others believe that these games represent China's desire to promote its political ideology and send a message of power to the world. Dr. Victor Cha will discuss the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the context of sport in Asia by examining the convergence of sport with national identity, nationalism, political intent, and globalization. He will describe the impact of the Olympics on China and its relations with the international community, and discuss the ways in which the liberalizing ethos of the Olympics could affect China's authoritarian regime.

Wednesday, January 14
12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Luncheon will be served at 12:30 P.M.

East-West Center in Washington
1819 L Street NW, Washington, D.C., 2nd Floor Conference Room
This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 9
to Alison Hazell by email ([email protected]), fax (202) 293-1402, or telephone (202) 327-9752.

Please include your name, title, organization, address, phone number, email, and country of citizenship. All personal information is for East-West Center use ONLY and is not circulated. Please note that seating for this event is limited.

Dr. Victor Cha is professor, director of Asian Studies, and holds the D.S. Song Chair in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the director for Asian studies at the National Security Council, where he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Dr. Cha was the deputy head of delegation for the United States at the Six Party Talks in Beijing. His publications include Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United State-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press, 2000), Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (Columbia University Press, 2004), and Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia (Columbia University Press, 2008).

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Alison Hazell
Phone: 202.327.9752