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Political scientist to explore rising power struggle

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China, the U.S. and a multipolar world


KINGSTON, R.I. –September 14, 2007—Yong Deng, associate professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy and co-editor of the book China Rising: Power and Motivation in Chinese Foreign Policy, will examine Chinese perceptions of and reactions to U.S. global power and security strategy after the Cold War during a talk at the University of Rhode Island. The talk, free and open to the public, will be held Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 271 of the Chafee Social Science Center, 10 Chafee Road, Kingston.

The talk is part of the URI Honors Colloquium, China Rising, which explores China’s dramatic transformation during the past three decades, a transformation that has returned that country to the leading role it has played throughout most of world history.

Largely due to the rise of China, the post-Cold War unipolar world system, with the United States as the sole superpower, may soon be superseded by a multipolar world, according to Timothy George, an associate professor of history, who coordinates the China Rising colloquium with Yan Ma, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.

During Deng’s talk, which is also the URI Diversity Week keynote lecture, he will first take a critical look at the patterns and nature of China’s struggle for power, wealth, and respect. Second, he will identify the domestic considerations and international context that explain the logic behind China’s strategic choices. Third, he will underscore the distinctive challenges and opportunities of China’s rise for the United States and world politics at large.

“One of our goals in presenting this series is to encourage the audience to consider how the world—and how we---look from China’s vantage point,” says “Yong Deng will help us do just that.”

Major sponsors of the colloquium are the Mark Ross ‘64 and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, the Tom Silvia ’83 and Shannon Chandley ’83 Honors Colloquium Endowment, URI’s Honors Program, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Confucius Institute at URI, College of Business Administration, College of Engineering, and the Division of University Advancement.

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Tom Zorabedian at 401-874-2853 or zman@advance.uri.edu.