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China in UN Security Council Decision-Making on Iraq

A book launch event for China in UN Security Council Decision-making on Iraq (Routledge 2012) by Dr Suzanne Xiao Yang, Lecturer in Chinese Public Governance and International Relations at the Lau China Institute.

The event will take place in the St David’s Room, Strand Campus, King’s College London, 4-6pm on Thursday 14 March 2013. All are welcome.

In addition to Dr Yang, there will be a special guest speaker, Professor Gerald Chan, Professor of Political Studies in the University of Auckland.

About the book

“With the rupture of the UN Security Council in March 2003 over the US spearheaded intervention in Iraq, the attempts made to subject the use of force to the rule of law had failed. Widespread Europe-US disagreement of the role of the UNSC has hindered more effective decisions for China and its European and American counterparts in the Security Council.

“Iraq, China and the UN Security Council examines the role of China's policy behaviour in relation to the Iraq intervention, in order to develop a better understanding of this fast-rising power within the UN. It looks at key questions such as: What consequences may arise if China's actions are based on a set of values and national interests far removed from those of the major Western powers? Could China's attitude disrupt the traditional working and normative practice of the United Nations?

“The book will be of interest to scholars and students of international relations and Chinese Politics.”

About Dr Suzanne Xiao Yang

Dr Suzanne Xiao Yang is Lecturer in Chinese Public Governance and International Relations at Lau China Institute. She completed her MA degree in Chinese Intellectual History at Tsinghua University, Beijing before proceeding to a PhD degree in Law from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing. Dr Yang also holds a DPhil degree in Politics and International Relations from University of Oxford (Balliol College). Whilst at Oxford, she was awarded the University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and UK Teaching in Higher Education (PG DipLATHE). Under the Academy’s Professional Recognition scheme, she is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Prior to joining King’s, Dr Yang was Deputy Director of Leadership Programmes for China at the University of Oxford also teaching Chinese Politics and International Relations to postgraduate and undergraduate students. From 1996 to 2001 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies at CASS, Beijing and currently she is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International and Strategic Studies, Peking University.

About Professor Gerald Chan

“Gerald's key research area is Chinese international relations. He has published a number of books and many articles in this area. He is currently working a project on China's diplomatic practice, with case studies involving China's peacekeeping activities, its involvement in the Six-Party talks, its model of development, and its maritime security policy.

“Two of Gerald's co-authored articles won the Best Essay of the Year award: one entitled "Rethinking global governance: a China model in the making?", in Contemporary Politics (2008); and the other entitled "Japan, the West and the whaling issue", in Japan Forum (2005).”

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