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Various activities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have led to heightened concerns about threats to national security in various parts of the world. Covert and overt overseas attempts to increase China’s influence have intensified under Xi Jinping’s leadership. While there is growing evidence of attempts of the PRC to influence the internal affairs of other countries in economic, political and societal domains, it is typically harder to assess and measure influence effects. What are the implications of China’s influence activities? How to design effective policy responses to security concerns, while at the same time avoid inflammatory public discourse and a rushed legislature response? Leading academics from the US, Australia, Sweden, and the Czech Republic will discuss their perspectives of the issue, with each of these countries experiencing its own tensions with China in recent months and years.
The debate will bring together four distinguished experts on China‘s influence:
🔎Alastair Iain Johnston is a Professor of China in World Affairs at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include socialization in international institutions, analysis of identity in the social sciences, and ideational sources of strategic choice, mostly with reference to China and East Asia.
🔎Björn Jerdén is the Head of Asia Program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. Björn’s research focuses on the international relations of China, Japan and the United States. He holds a PhD in political science from Stockholm University and has been a visiting fellow at National Chengchi University, National Taiwan University and Harvard University.
🔎Andrew Chubb is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Lancaster University. A graduate of the University of Western Australia, his work examines the linkages between Chinese domestic politics and international relations. More broadly, Andrew’s interests include maritime and territorial disputes, strategic communication, political propaganda, and Chinese Communist Party history.
🔎Ivana Karásková is a founder and coordinator of ChinfluenCE and China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) projects and a China Research Fellow at Association for International Affairs (AMO) in Prague. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, where she lectures on security in Northeast Asia, China’s geopolitics and EU-China relations. Ivana was a Fulbright scholar at Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University in New York, an alumna of the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on Investment Screening Mechanism and a Czech member of China expert pool at the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) in Helsinki.
🗣The debate will be moderated by Jana Sehnálková, Ph.D., a lecturer on US-China relations from the Department of American Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University.
The event will be held in English only.