Identitet og rase i sikkerhetsdilemmaet mellom USA og Kina

09:00 to 10:30
(GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
Breakfast seminar

The relationship between the USA and China is marked by increasing competition, rivalry, and conflict. The two superpowers are clearly on opposite sides of many political issues and interests. But how can national identities, and even race-based perceptions of ‘self’ and ‘other,’ influence the discussions about the foreign policy each country should pursue toward the other?

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The research of Professor Alastair Iain Johnston shows that differences in identity, attitudes towards race, and race-based stereotypes play a role in how foreign policy is discussed in both the United States and China, at least among some actors.

In American debates, China is often referred to as a revisionist state, while many Chinese accuse the USA of acting as a hegemon trying to contain them. Johnston also demonstrates how some political actors and groups are increasingly making identity issues and race-based stereotypes part of their foreign policy debates.

Johnston argues that this leads to more inaccurate certainty, rather than uncertainty, about how the other country will behave, which could further intensify mutual rivalry.

At this breakfast seminar, Johnston presents his research on how the relationship between the USA and China, as well as security issues in East Asia and elsewhere, is evolving.

Johnston’s presentation is followed by a discussion with NUPI researcher Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Alastair Iain Johnston is a professor at Harvard University. His research draws on social psychology to understand Chinese foreign policy and security issues related to the USA and China, as well as other topics related to developments in the East Asia region.

A light breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 am, and the seminar will run from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. The event will also be streamed on NUPI’s YouTube channel (you do not need to register to participate digitally). Link:

NUPI - Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

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