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Lecture on China´s Search for Security

Oct 29, 2013

“China´s Search for Security” was the topic of a lecture by the political scientist Prof. Andrew J. Nathan. It took place on October 31st, 2013 at the Curt and Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais in Heidelberg. The event was organised by the Heidelberg Center of American Studies in cooperation with the American Academy in Berlin and the Cluster “Asia and Europe”.

Under the title “China´s Search for Security”, Prof. Andrew J. Nathan spoke about China´s foreign policy and the country´s increasing influence over its neighbors. Furthermore, he discussed China´s security concerns within and outside its borders, also considering other powerful actors beyond Asia such as the United States of America.

Prof. Andrew J. Nathan is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and Axel Springer Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He received a Ph.D. degree in political science from Harvard University. His research focuses on Chinese politics, foreign policy, and the comparative study of political participation, political culture and human rights. In 2012, he published a book with Andrew Scobell titled “China´s Search for Security”.

The lecture was organised by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). It is part of the lecture series “Baden-Württemberg Seminar”. The program started in 2007 as a lecture series with fellows of the American Academy in Berlin. In 2009, the seminar included other distinguished speakers. Each spring and fall scholars, public policy experts, journalists, writers, and artists are invited to present their current work, discuss issues of transatlantic interest or read from their writings. The HCA is a research and teaching institution of the University of Heidelberg located at the Curt and Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais, Hauptstraße 120 in Heidelberg.


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