Contemporary China Speakers Series: “The End of the Asian Century”—January 30

The Paulson Institute and Chicago Harris invite you to join our lecture and discussion series on contemporary China.

“The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region”

Michael Auslin
Resident Scholar and Director of Japan Studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Since Marco Polo, the West has waited for the “Asian Century.” Today, the world believes that century has arrived. Yet from China’s slumping economy to war clouds over the South China Sea, and from environmental devastation to demographic crisis, Asia’s future is increasingly uncertain. In a new book, historian and geopolitical expert Michael Auslin argues that far from being a cohesive powerhouse, Asia is a fractured region threatened by stagnation and instability. He provides a comprehensive account of the economic, military, political, and demographic risks that bedevil half of our world, arguing that Asia, working with the United States, has a unique opportunity to avert catastrophe — but only if it acts boldly.

Michael Auslin, author of “The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region” (Yale University Press, 2017), is a resident scholar and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in Asian regional security and political issues. Before joining AEI, Dr. Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University. A regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and National Review, he is also the author of “Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations” (Harvard University Press, 2011). He has advised both the US government and private business on Asian and global security issues. His awards include being named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund. Dr. Auslin received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and a B.Sc. from Georgetown University.

Moderated by Evan Feigenbaum,
Vice Chairman of the Paulson Institute

Monday, January 30, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
The Quadrangle Club, Library
1155 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

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Box lunches will be provided to registered students.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.