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China's Race for Digital Power

Location
Room S-1.04 (First Basement) Strand Building
Category
Conference/Seminar
When
09/03/2016 (16:00-18:00)
Contact
sam.beatson@kcl.ac.uk
Description

Research Seminar
With Dr Greg Austin

Abstract

This seminar will provide an assessment of China’s progress in the past  year in its pursuit of the goal of becoming a digital power, after president Xi Jinping announced that ambition in February 2014. Dr Austin will update the findings of his book, Cyber Policy in China (Polity) that was launched in the second half of 2014 at King’s College London and the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. The book provides the first comprehensive analysis of the challenges confronting China in its effort to develop as an information-based economy. Will China’s leaders be capable of the very difficult choices needed to ensure a successful cyber future? Can they move beyond long-dominant industrial policies and the desire to retain national sovereignty in economic development? The volume explores the realities of the information age that are forcing the pace of technological and institutional change within China. The success or failure of the policy choices facing China will depend on China’s ability to adapt to the norms and realities of the information age.

About the Speaker

Dr Greg Austin, a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute in New York and a Professor at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, is recognized internationally for ground-breaking work over two decades on China’s international security policy.  He was a Senior Visiting Fellow at King’s College from  2011-2013. He has held posts in government, academia and non-profit organizations in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Canberra. He has led consultancy projects for the UK Cabinet Office and the Australian government. As a vice president of the EastWest Institute, Austin took a leadership role in developing new policy programs, including the internationally prominent Worldwide Cybersecurity Initiative. In this role, he partnered with representatives of leading corporations, banks and governments in Europe, the United States and Asia to translate the emerging and unmet needs for information security policy into practical recommendations. His current work is focusing on international measures for information security of stock exchanges and civil nuclear power plants. He is a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute in New York and a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales (Canberra) in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security. His books (authored/co-authored/edited/co-edited) include: Cyber Policy in China (2014), Power and Responsibility in China’s Foreign Policy (2001, 2014) Japan and Greater China: Political Economy and Military Power in the Asian Century (2001), The Armed Forces of Russia in Asia (2000) China’s Ocean Frontier: International Law, Military Force and National Development (1998), and Missile Diplomacy and Taiwan’s Future: Innovations in Politics and Military Power (1997).

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