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Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Lecture
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Aaron Friedberg
A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia
Friday, November 15, 2013, 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies 1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Aaron Friedberg

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Aaron Friedberg is professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1987, and co-director of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Center for International Security Studies. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and founding board member and president of the Alexander Hamilton Society, a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting debate on issues of foreign and defense policy at colleges and universities.

Friedberg is the author of The Weary Titan: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline, 1895-1905 (winner of the Edgar S. Furniss Award for the best first book in the field of national security studies) and In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America's Anti-Statism and its Cold War Grand Strategy, both published by Princeton University Press, and co-editor (with Richard Ellings) of three volumes in the National Bureau of Asian Research's annual "Strategic Asia" series. His latest book, A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia, was published in August 2011 by W.W. Norton. It has been translated into Korean, Chinese (modern and traditional characters) and Japanese.

In 2001-02 Friedberg was selected as the first occupant of the Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress. He has been a research fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Harvard University's Center for International Affairs. Friedberg served from June 2003 to June 2005 as deputy assistant for national security affairs and director of policy planning in the Office of the Vice President.

After leaving government he was appointed to the Defense Policy Board and the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion. He has been a consultant to various agencies of the U.S. government, including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Council, and Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Friedberg received his A.B. in 1978 and Ph.D. in 1986, both from Harvard University. He is a member of the editorial boards of Joint Forces Quarterly and Journal of Strategic Studies and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Abstract

There may be no denying China's growing economic strength, but its impact on the global balance of power remains hotly contested. Political scientist Aaron L. Friedberg argues that our nation's leaders are failing to act expeditiously enough to counter China's growing strength. He explains how the United States and China define their goals and reveals the strategies each is now employing to achieve its ends. Friedberg demonstrates in this provocative book that the ultimate aim of Chinese policymakers is to "win without fighting," displacing the United States as the leading power in Asia while avoiding direct confrontation. The United States, on the other hand, sends misleading signals about our commitments and resolve, putting us at risk for a war that might otherwise have been avoided. A much-needed wake-up call to U.S. leaders and policymakers, A Contest for Supremacy is a compelling interpretation of a rivalry that will go far to determine the shape of the twenty-first century.

Kruzel Lecture

Each year the Mershon Center for International Security Studies selects one lecture in honor of Joseph J. Kruzel, an Ohio State faculty member in Political Science who served in the U.S. Air Force as well as other posts in the federal government. Kruzel was killed in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1995 while serving as deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO affairs.  Past Kruzel Lectures include Christopher Hill, former ambassador to Iraq; Joseph Nye, former dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution.

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