Professor of Asian security studies to lecture on U.S.-China Relations

The rise of China has raised a serious issue in international relations. Will the rise of a great power like China get in a power transition with the leader of the current international system, the United States? Throughout history, power transition between great powers has ended in war — more often than not. Great powers settle their differences in battlefields and bloodshed. Does this theory apply to the China-U.S. case? If yes, can China and the United States find a way out of the deadly tragedy of power transition? 

These are questions that will be addressed by David Lai, research professor of Asian security studies at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, who will speak on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Penn State Dickinson School of Law. His talk, titled “U.S.- China Relations and the Chinese Way of War,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Lewis Katz Building auditorium in University Park and will be simulcast to the Lewis Katz Hall auditorium in Carlisle. A brief question and answer session will follow. The event will be free and open to the public.

Lai joined the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in July 2008. Before assuming this position, he was on the faculty of the U.S. Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. Born and raised in China, Lai witnessed China’s “Cultural Revolution,” its economic reform and the changes in China’s foreign relations, the most important of all, U.S.-China relations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in China and his master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Colorado. His teaching and research interests cover international relations theory, war and peace studies, comparative foreign and security policy, U.S.-China and U.S.-Asian relations, Chinese strategic thinking and operational art. 

Last Updated October 23, 2013