FCC club lunch with Odd Arne WESTAD
Speaker: Odd Arne WESTAD
Professor of International History,
London School of Economics and Political Science
Topic: Restless Empire – China and the World since 1750
In his new book, Arne WESTAD argues that China’s role in international affairs over the past 250 years has been determined by the country’s restless irresolution as well as by its immense capacity for change. At this talk, he will discuss the significance of China’s past for its behaviour in international affairs today.
Odd Arne WESTAD is professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an expert on the Cold War and on contemporary international affairs. He co-directs LSE IDEAS, the LSE’s new centre for international affairs, is an editor of the journal Cold War History and co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War. His book The Global Cold War won the Bancroft Prize for 2006.Born in Norway in 1960, Arne WESTAD studied at the University of Oslo and did his graduate work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. During the 1980s he worked for several international aid agencies in Southern Africa and in Pakistan. He joined LSE in 1998, after serving for six years as Director of Research at the Norwegian Nobel Institute.