Group to discuss China as world power
Panel to center on US response to Chinese ascension
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 00:10
The newly formed Texas A&M Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society hopes to shed light on the increasing global prominence of China for students with a panelist discussion.
The society will present “United States’ Response to China’s Rise,” on Nov. 6. This event will feature three panelists — Aaron Friedberg, Princeton University professor and former deputy assistant for National Security Affairs; Christopher Layne, distinguished professor at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service; and William Norris, assistant professor at the Bush School.
The panelists will discuss their perspective on the rise of China and the optimal U.S. response, then participate in an interactive questioning period. Amber Stotts, international affairs graduate student and co-founder of the Alexander Hamilton Society, said the goal of the questioning period is to promote interaction between students and the guest experts.
“The goal of the event is to invigorate discussion among students and faculty as to what the U.S. should do in response to China’s rise,” Stotts said. “Should the U.S. let China gain regional hegemony? Should we fight with them over Taiwan? Is the ‘pivot to Asia’ the ideal response? These types of questions are important to ask and speak to how our country sees its role in the international system.”
Amira Khemakhem, senior international studies major and outreach chairman for the society, said China’s rise may have a significant effect on aspects of our nation’s power and well-being and that it’s important for students to understand the relevance of world events in their lives.
“This event will hopefully bring together the varying views on both China’s increasing prominence and an American response,” Khemakhem said. “With leading Chinese and foreign policy specialists on the panel, students will leave with a stronger understanding of China’s changing role in the international community as well as its vitality to American interests.”
The Alexander Hamilton Society was established at A&M during the 2012-2013 school year and the organization aims to foster constructive debates on foreign, economic and national security policy issues, Khemakhem said. The Alexander Hamilton Society exists at campuses across the country to promote intellectual and professional growth.
“Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, succinctly said, ‘No government could give us tranquility and happiness at home which did not possess sufficient stability and strength to make us respectable abroad,’” Stotts said. “His perspective also guides our mission.”