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April 15, 2010
Naval War College





Topic: The South China Sea: Symbolic Conflicts, Common Interests
Lecturer: Dr. Brantly Womack
Sponsor: China Maritime Studies Institute
 
 
Dr. Brantly Womack discusses how the Spratlys serve as a symbol of the ambiguous frontier of China's power and the concerns of smaller neighbors, while also addressing the reality of a more important political-economic context for the tension and the necessity of cooperation in realizing any gain.
 
Dr. Womack is the Cumming Memorial Professor of Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Foundations of Mao Zedong's Political Thought, 1917-1935, Politics in China (with James Townsend), China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry, and China Among Unequals: Asymmetric International Relationships in Asia (forthcoming). Among his edited books are Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective and China's Rise in Historical Perspective (forthcoming). Current research projects include developing a general theory of international asymmetric relationships as well as problems of sustainable political economic development in China. Womack made his first trip to China in 1978 and to Vietnam in 1985 and he has returned many times for discussions on China's relations with Southeast Asia. In October 2009 he was the only outside participant in the Second ChinaSoutheast Asia Dialogue Forum held in Nanning.