The Trustees of the
BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Cordially Invite You to an Address by
DR. MICHAEL O'HANLON
Director of Research, Foreign Policy Program
The Brookings Institution
May 1, 2014
Reception: 5:15 p.m. Address: 6:00 p.m.
WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE
Members: Free of Charge – Guest of a Member: $20.00 – Non-Members: 25.00
“ESCAPING THUCYDIDES’ TRAP: HOW DO THE U.S. AND CHINA AVOID RIVALRY AND WAR?”
The phenomenon of the rise of China is absolutely critical in the strategic formulations of American foreign policy today. Since the early 1970s, the United States has pursued a strategy of accommodation toward China, recognizing its place as a great power in the world, granting the eventual peaceful recovery of Taiwan, and assuming its deep immersion in the global economy and consequent behavior as a status quo power. The Obama administration has underlined the importance of Asia, and China, in its announced “pivot” toward Asia, in its pursuit of a master trade arrangement with Asian nations, and its cultivation of individual states such as Myanmar. Today, concerns about China’s rise often point to enhancement of its military forces, cyber intrusion capabilities, assertiveness in territorial claims in the South China and East China seas, and in its global reach in its quest of raw materials and economic development. Some express concern over whether the United States is willing to accept China’s rise. Michael O’Hanlon and James Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State, 2009-2011, and principal Deputy to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are collaborating on a careful analysis of the nature of China’s rise today and the appropriate strategic response to it.
Dr. O’Hanlon holds a Ph. D. degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences. He served in the Peace Corps and was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office before joining Brookings. At present, in addition to being responsible for foreign policy research at the Brookings Institution, he is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Michael O’Hanlon is known to Council members from his several memorable prior meetings with the Council and from his extensive commentaries: over a dozen authored or co-authored books (the most recent of which are Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy (co-authored) and Healing the Wounded Giant: Maintaining Military Preeminence while Cutting the Defense Budget), several hundred op-ed pieces in newspapers including the Washington Post and New York Times, and over 3,000 television and radio appearances.