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Monday March 26th, 2012

Going Out (zou chuqu) and Arrival In (desembarco): China, Latin America, and Contemporary Globalization

Julia C. Strauss, Ph.D. -- Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political and International Studies at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies

Monday March 26, 2012, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Ms. Eloise Briskin and sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

One aspect of the “Rise of China” that is causing anxiety among foreign policy specialists and other people looking for something to be anxious about involves China’s developing relations in what used to be called the third world. As part of China’s “rise,” its state and businesses have become increasingly involved in both commercial and development activities. There is a lot of speculation about whether China is challenging the existing norms of international economics and politics. Dr. Strauss co-edited a special issue of The China Quarterly about China and Africa, and she and colleagues will be publishing an issue about China and Latin America in March. Her talk will focus on how the Chinese think about their engagement in Latin America, and in particular differences in how Chinese actors are engaging with small countries like Peru, as compared to another “rising” state and economy, Brazil.

Dr. Strauss served as editor of The China Quarterly, the premier academic journal about China, from 2002 – 2011. She brings to her currrent work not only deep knowledge of China but close attention to how the relationship works from the other side, from Latin America.

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Additional Information About Our Guest…

Julia C. Strauss is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political and International Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She was also the Editor of The China Quarterly from 2002 to 2011. Her research interests span both sides of the Taiwan Straits and are focused on state building and institution building, governance, the environment, and China-Africa relations. Her publications include the edited volumes China and Africa: Emerging Patterns in Globalization and Development (CUP 2009), The History of the People’s Republic of China (CUP, 2006), and the monograph Strong Institutions in Weak Polities: State Building in Republican China, 1927-1940 (Clarendon, 1998). Articles include “Forestry Reform and the Transformation of State Capacity in fin de siècle China” (Journal of Asian Studies, 68:4), and “Paternalist Terror: The Campaign to Suppress Counter revolutionaries and Regime Consolidation in the People’s Republic of China, 1950-53” (Comparative Studies in Society and History).