The seminar will assess the rise of China and the current Chinese engagement in Africa in a broader perspective – China’s foreign affairs since 1750. Are we witnessing a power shift from the West to the East?

Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He co-directs LSE IDEAS, a centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy, is an editor of the journal Cold War History, and a general editor of the three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War. His 2005 book, The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times has been translated into 14 languages and is the recipient of several awards.  His new book on Chinese foreign policy since 1750 will be published in 2012. In 2011 he was nominated as one of two candidates for the President of the American Historical Association.

Discussant: Stein Tønnesson, Research Professor at PRIO and leader of the East Asia peace program, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

Moderator: Camilla Brautaset, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen