Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century

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A conversation with Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, Financial Times, on his latest book, ‘Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century’, moderated by Shashank Joshi, Senior Research Fellow, RUSI.

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The West's domination of world politics is coming to a close. Wealth and power is flowing from West to East and a new era of global instability has begun. Easternisation is the defining trend of our age - the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world, the fate of nations and the great questions of war and peace.

A troubled but rising China is now challenging America's supremacy, and the ambitions of other Asian powers - including Japan, North Korea, India and Pakistan - have the potential to shake the whole world. Meanwhile, the West is struggling with economic malaise and political populism, the Arab world is in turmoil and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power. In this wide ranging discussion, Gideon will discuss the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the twenty-first century.

Speaker Biography

Gideon Rachman became Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a fifteen year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalization. In 2016 he won the Orwell Prize for Journalism and was named Commentator of the Year at the European Press Prize awards.

Shashank Joshi is a Senior Research Fellow at RUSI, specialising in international security in South Asia and the Middle East. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Harvard. He was a Kennedy Scholar from Britain to the United States in 2007-08 and a Research Associate at the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University in 2015-16. He has published widely on Asia in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Asian Affairs, Asian Survey, The Washington Quarterly and Foreign Affairs. His book ‘Indian Power Projection: Ambition, Arms and Influence’ was published as a RUSI Whitehall Paper in December 2015.

Gideon will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, 'Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century’ (Vintage Publishing: August 2016), which will be on sale.

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