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International Relations in the Post-Covid World: Strategic Competition and the Future of the Liberal Order

September 29, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Even before the outbreak of Covid-19, the combination of international power shift and nativist/anti-elitist backlash made global cooperation a precarious proposition. The pandemic has so far aggravated U.S.-China strategic competition and amplified distrust among different countries.  What will become of the international order and how will countries around the world step up in the absence of global leadership?  This webinar, organized by the Reischauer Center at SAIS and the KDI School, will address these questions.


Dr. Alan S. Alexandroff is the Director of the Global Summitry Project at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and the editor Global Summitry.  Dr. Alexandroff focuses his research work on the contemporary global governance architecture and the influence and role of the rising states, particularly China, as well as the key Influentials, namely the United States. Early examinations of global order include: Can the World be Governed? Possibilities for Effective Multilateralism (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008), and, Rising States; Rising Institutions: Challenges for Global Governance (Brookings Institution Press, 2010). Dr. Alexandroff has long written the blog post Rising BRICSAM. He also has developed three Global Summitry podcast series: ‘Shaking the Global Order: Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump’, ‘Summit Dialogue’ and the ‘Now’. And, he recently launched a new Video Interview YouTube channel – ‘Global Summitry Project’. All this can be found at Dr. Alexandroff received his B.A., cum laude with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University, an M.A. in International History from the London School of Political Science and Economics and an L.L.B. from the McGill University Law School.

Dr. Kent E. Calder is Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies and previously served as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in the fall of 2014. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, he taught for twenty years at Princeton University, and acted as a Visiting Professor at Seoul National University and Lecturer in Government at Harvard University. Dr. Calder has also served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1989-1993 and 1996), and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations (1979-1980). He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1979, where he worked under the direction of Ambassador Edwin O. Reischauer.

Dr. Carla Freeman directs the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and is concurrently associate research professor in China Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. She conducts research on Chinese foreign and domestic policy with a current focus on regional dynamics, including China and its periphery, nontraditional security, and China's role in international organizations. Her career has included leadership as an Asian analyst for a political risk consultancy, directing the program in civil society and community sustainability at The Johnson Foundation, and various academic positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Beloit College, and Alverno College, where she chaired the global studies and international affairs program. Professor Freeman received a PhD in International relations and Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS, where she also completed a master's in international economics and China Studies.

Dr. David M. Lampton is Senior Research Fellow at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He was Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center from 2019-2020.  For more than two decades prior to that he was Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins SAIS.  Having started his academic career at The Ohio State University, Lampton is former Chairman of the The Asia Foundation, former President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and former Dean of Faculty at SAIS. Among many written works, academic and popular, he is author of: Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000; The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds; Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, and, The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy. His most recent book (with Selina Ho and Cheng-Chwee Kuik) is, Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia (2020). He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in political science where, as an undergraduate student, he was a firefighter. Lampton has an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies. He served for many years on the Board of Trustees of Colorado College and was in the US Army Reserve in the enlisted and commissioned ranks.

Dr. Wonhyuk Lim is a professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management. After serving as Associate Dean, Development Research and International Cooperation, he is spending 2020 and 2021 as a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Since he joined KDI in 1996, his research has focused on state-owned enterprises and family-based business groups (chaebol). He has also written extensively on development issues, in conjunction with policy consultation projects under Korea’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP). His publications include Opinion Polarization in Korea: Its Characteristics and Drivers (KDI, 2019, co-authored), Improving Regulatory Governance (OECD, 2017, co-authored), and The Korean Economy: From a Miraculous Past to a Sustainable Future (Harvard, 2015, co-authored).

Dr. Matthias Matthijs is associate professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins SAIS. His research focuses on the politics of economic crises, the role of economic ideas in economic policymaking, and the politics of regional integration. At SAIS, he teaches courses in international relations and comparative politics, and was twice awarded the Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching, in 2011 and 2015. He is also a Senior Fellow for Europe at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and serves as the Chair of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA).

Dr. Jacopo Maria Pepe is a Researcher in the Energy Division of the German Institute for Security and Political Affairs-SWP where he works on “Geopolitics of the Energy Transition”.  Between 2017 and 2019, Dr. Pepe worked as Research Fellow at the Robert Bosch Center for Central Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia-DGAP (German Council on Foreign Relations), where he conceptualized, managed, and headed the project “The EU-Russia-China-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue on Connectivity“ supported by and in cooperation with the Planning Staff of the German Foreign Ministry. From 2016-2017, he served as Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Edwin Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, where he researched and co-taught on the conceptualization and analysis of the Eurasian integration process. He regularly advises the European External Action Service, the Connectivity Ambassador and the Directorate General Energy and Directorate General Transport; the Italian and German Foreign Office-Planning Staff; the Japan Bank of International cooperation, the German Renewable Energy Agency, the German Railways.



Dr. Stephan Haggard is the Krause Distinguished Professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Haggard has written widely on the political economy of East Asia, including most recently Developmental States (Cambridge University Press, 2018). His work on North Korea with Marcus Noland includes Famine in North Korea (Columbia University Press, 2007), Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea (Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2011) and Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements and the Case of North Korea (Stanford University Press, 2017).

Location: Online SAIS Event