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Could Peace in East Asia Last? Historical Memory, Nationalism, and Sino-Japanese Relations

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1302

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:

"Could Peace in East Asia Last? Historical Memory, Nationalism, and Sino-Japanese Relations"

with <b>Dr. Zheng Wang</b>
John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Seton Hall University

Moderated by:
<b>Professor Robert Jervis</b>
Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University
Member, SIWPSThe Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:

"Could Peace in East Asia Last? Historical Memory, Nationalism, and Sino-Japanese Relations"

with Dr. Zheng Wang
John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Seton Hall University

Moderated by:
Professor Robert Jervis
Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University
Member, SIWPS

Abstract: With the rising tensions between China and Japan, people have begun to worry about whether peace in East Asia could continue. Maintaining peace and concentrating on economic development have been the open secrets for the rise and prosperities of the Eastern Asian countries in the recent three or four decades. Would the tendency turn over? What role has historical memory played in the formation of national identity and nationalism and how would the clash of nationalism influences the peace and security in East Asia? With this background, Dr. Zheng Wang will present his new book, Never Forget National Humiliation: Historic Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations (Columbia University Press, 2012). This book uses historical memory to decode Chinas political transition, popular sentiment, and international behavior in the Post-Tiananmen and Post-Cold War era. It explores the role that historical memory plays in Chinas rise: its manipulation by political elites, its resonance in the popular imagination, and its ability to constrain and shape Chinas foreign relations with major powers.With the rising tensions between China and Japan, people have begun to worry about whether peace in East Asia could continue. Maintaining peace and concentrating on economic development have been the open secrets for the rise and prosperities of the Eastern Asian countries in the recent three or four decades. Would the tendency turn over? What role has historical memory played in the formation of national identity and nationalism and how would the clash of nationalism influences the peace and security in East Asia? With this background, Dr. Zheng Wang will present his new book, Never Forget National Humiliation: Historic Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations (Columbia University Press, 2012). This book uses historical memory to decode Chinas political transition, popular sentiment, and international behavior in the Post-Tiananmen and Post-Cold War era. It explores the role that historical memory plays in Chinas rise: its manipulation by political elites, its resonance in the popular imagination, and its ability to constrain and shape Chinas foreign relations with major powers.

Bio: Dr. Zheng Wang is an Associate Professor in the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He has been Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR). In the 1990s, Zheng Wang served eight years as a research fellow and then as the Deputy Director of Research at one of Chinas think tanks on international peace and security issues. Dr. Wangs research interests lie in two closely connected areas: (1) peace and conflict management in East Asia, with special focus on U.S.-China relations and Chinas external conflicts; (2) nationalism and identity politics in China and East Asia. His recent projects investigate Chinas disputes with its neighboring countries, such as the islands dispute with Japan and the South China Sea disputes. Dr. Wangs Wilson Center project is a new book examining the rising strategic suspicion and rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Wang is the author of the Columbia University Press new book Never Forget National Humiliation: Historic Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations. His articles and book chapters have appeared in various peer-reviewed publications, including: International Studies Quarterly; International Negotiation; History and Memory; and Journal of Contemporary China.Dr. Zheng Wang is an Associate Professor in the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He has been Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR). In the 1990s, Zheng Wang served eight years as a research fellow and then as the Deputy Director of Research at one of Chinas think tanks on international peace and security issues. Dr. Wangs research interests lie in two closely connected areas: (1) peace and conflict management in East Asia, with special focus on U.S.-China relations and Chinas external conflicts; (2) nationalism and identity politics in China and East Asia. His recent projects investigate Chinas disputes with its neighboring countries, such as the islands dispute with Japan and the South China Sea disputes. Dr. Wangs Wilson Center project is a new book examining the rising strategic suspicion and rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Wang is the author of the Columbia University Press new book Never Forget National Humiliation: Historic Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations. His articles and book chapters have appeared in various peer-reviewed publications, including: International Studies Quarterly; International Negotiation; History and Memory; and Journal of Contemporary China.