ICAS Event: Niels Annen on the Impact of the Financial Crisis on US Power in Asia

Friday, November 26, 2010
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall 212/213 (Access)
Niels Annen
Sven Saaler
Free. Open to general public.
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The current debate about the future of America’s position as a global power is dominated by a growing sense of decline. A skyrocketing federal deficit and slow economic growth has shaken the foreign policy community in Washington. While some predict the end of the American Century and the start of the Chinese Era, others think that changes will be far less dramatic. Since 9/11, the U.S. defence budget has increased 10% annually, but Secretary Gates himself recently proposed to cut his own budget, thus we will be likely to witness a smaller footprint of the U.S. in the world in the near future, though how this will affect Asia remains hard to predict.

About the Speaker

Born 1973, Historian. Member of the Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD); Non-Resident Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Former member of the German Bundestag and the Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs; former Federal Chairman of the Youth Organization of the SPD (Jusos); former Vice President of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) . To learn more about the speaker click here .

About the Moderator

Sven Saaler teaches modern Japanese history at the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University in Tokyo. To learn more about the moderator click here .

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

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