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Theory Seminar: From Rivalry to Accommodation: China’s and Russia’s New Status Relationship
June 11, 2018 - 13:15-15:00
Deborah Welch Larson will shed light on the question: Why has the relationship between Russia and China experienced a positive change? “Relations between China and Russia have become much warmer since the rise of Xi Jinping in China and the return of Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency. This is surprising from the standpoint of neorealism, which would predict China and Russia to be rivals given their unequal growth in power since the end of the Cold War and rivalry in Central Asia. Indeed, Russia and China have become grouped together as the principal threats to US security, but what accounts for the positive change in their relationship? Senior Research Fellow at NUPI Morten Skumsrud Andersen will chair the event.
Deborah Welch Larson is professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her publications include Origins of Containment: A Psychological Explanation,Anatomy of Mistrust: US-Soviet Relations during the Cold War and “Status Seekers: Chinese and Russian Responses to U.S. Primacy,” International Security 34, no. 4. She has a forthcoming book co-authored with Alexei Shevchenko, Quest for Status: Chinese and Russian Foreign Policy, Yale University Press.