Is Armed Conflict with China Avoidable?
Christopher Twomey, Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey; Author, The Military Lens: Doctrinal Differences and Deterrence Failure in Sino-American Relations
The rise of China poses many challenges to the U.S., both economic and political, but the most important and dangerous might be potential security conflicts. Twomey says that some sources of tension represent true conflicts of interest between the U.S. and China: Taiwan, relations with U.S. allies in the region, and territorial claims in the South China Sea. Others are less fundamental, but might still be problematic: a burgeoning arms race, the occasional unexpected crisis and North Korea. What are the prospects for navigating these challenges without escalation to militarized conflict in the coming decades? Professor Twomey’s research centers on security studies, Chinese foreign policy and East Asian security in theory and practice.
MLF: Asia-Pacific Affairs
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
Cost: $20 standard, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Program Organizer: Paul Clarke
Also know: In association with the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute and the Asia Society of Northern California