Canadian political analyst to deliver 2012 Sir Walter Murdoch Lecture

October 12, 2012

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Professor Kim Nossal

The rise of China as a global political powerhouse, and how this may affect the future of the Asia-Pacific region, will come under the microscope at Murdoch University’s annual Sir Walter Murdoch Lecture on Thursday, October 25.

Hegemonic Boss Dragons and Two-Sun Skies: The Rise of China and the Future of the Asia-Pacific will be presented by distinguished Canadian political analyst Professor Kim Nossal, the Sir Edward Peacock Professor and Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Ontario’s Queen’s University.

Professor Nossal said the shift in the centre of gravity of global politics had given rise to the idea of the “Pacific Century,” dominated by the countries that ring the Pacific Ocean. The emergence of China has played a pivotal role in this power shift.

“China has broadened its reach in all spheres of global politics—diplomatically, militarily, economically, and culturally,” he said.

“But the rise of China has also given rise to an extraordinary debate in many countries around the Asia-Pacific about how best to respond to this power shift. Dominated mainly by the chatterati — academics, columnists, and “formers” of different sorts — this debate focuses on the choices that need to be made in order to avoid what some in the United States are openly referring to as ‘the coming war with China’.”

Professor Nossal’s lecture will take a fresh look at the evolving debate and will suggest that these reflections about the future are actually far more threatening to peaceful relations in the Asia-Pacific than the political and military developments that gave rise to the debate.

Professor Nossal holds a BA, MA and PhD in Political Economy from the University of Toronto.  In 1976, he joined the Department of Political Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, serving as chair of the department from 1992 to 1996.

In 2001, he was appointed head of the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, a position he held until 2009. In 2008, he was appointed as the Sir Edward Peacock Professor of International Relations and in 2010 he was appointed to head the Centre for International and Defence Policy.

He is also a renowned author and editor of many books and journals, and has served as president of both the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America (1999-2001) and the Canadian Political Science Association (2005-2006). Professor Nossal was also a recipient of the Australia-Canada Bicentennial Award in 1987.

The Sir Walter Murdoch Lecture will be held in the Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre, South Street campus, from 6pm-8pm. Registrations will be taken from 5.30pm and light refreshments will be served at the end of the formal presentation.

To register and attend this event please email or call 9360 6176 for more information.

UPDATE: To listen to Professor Nossal's lecture at Murdoch University click here.

Professor Nossal will also be delivering his presentation at the  inaugral Sir Walter Murdoch Lecture in Singapore on Thursday, November 1. The event will take place at the Singapore Lecture Venue, Raffles City Convention Centre, Atrium Ballroom and Foyer, 80 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189560, from 7pm-9pm.

To register for this event or for more information please email Murdoch University Events Coordinator, Kelly-Anne Antonio.

UPDATE : To listen to Professor Nossal's lecture in Singapore click here.

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