Visiting Scholar Roundtable: China's Soft Power
Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies
Thursday, October 10, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Chung-wen Shih Conference Room: 1957 E Street, NW, Room Suite 503
Washington, DC 20052
Please RSVP at go.gwu.edu/softpower.
Soft power is a term that has already been established in Chinese academic and political discourse for some time. Several generations of CCP leaders (from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping) have tried hard to materialize support for the party through what we would today call "soft power." In the past 15 years or so became China's efforts in this field have increased significantly. Stanislav Mysicka would try to answer two crucial questions. 1) What constitutes contemporary Chinese soft power and how have China's efforts in this field of international politics evolved in the post-Mao era? 2) How are the Chinese efforts to strengthen their country's soft power received in the West, in East and Southeast Asia and in Africa? Answering these questions could provide more insight as to whether China will remain only a "partial power" in the near future.
Stanislav Mysicka is currently a visiting scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian studies in the Elliott School of International Affairs. He received both his M.A. and Ph. D. in political science from Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2009-2010 he was a fellow at the School of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, PRC. His research focus is on contemporary Chinese politics, modern Chinese history and political theory.