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2017 Robert O’Neill War Studies Lecture: Chinese Power and the Idea of a ‘Responsible State’ in a Changing World Order


Professor Rosemary Foot | University of Oxford

When: Monday 27 November 2017, 5.30 - 7.00 pm

Where: Lotus Auditorium, China in the World Building [188], Fellows Lane, Acton, ACT 2601

Analysts and observers of China’s role in world and regional politics have been preoccupied with determining whether its behaviour could be deemed ‘responsible’ when measured against a range of dominant global norms. As one consequence of China’s resurgence globally and regionally, that approach no longer seems appropriate. Rosemary Foot argues that, for China, the idea of a responsible state has shifted from being an externally-imposed benchmark towards one where Beijing perceives itself as having earned a legitimate role in creating new institutions as well as in reshaping some of the global order norms that it sees as deficient or inappropriate. China is now moving into an era where it will determine what represents responsible behaviour in world politics.


Professor Rosemary Foot is the 2017 Des Ball Chair at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU. She is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. In 1996, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Her research interests cover security relations in the Asia-Pacific, human rights, Asian regional institutions, and China-US relations in a changing world order. Her books include The Wrong War: American Policy and the Dimensions of the Korean Conflict, 1950-53 (Cornell, 1985); The Practice of Power: US Relations with China since 1949 (Oxford, 1995); Rights Beyond Borders: the Global Community and the Struggle Over Human Rights in China (Oxford, 2000); China, the United States, and Global Order (Cambridge, 2011, with Andrew Walter); and The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford, 2014, co-edited with Saadia Pekkanen & John Ravenhill). Her current book project involves the relationship between China and the norms of human protection.

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