War with China: Will We or Won't We?

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May 5, 2022
Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM ET

One of the most important questions of the 21st century is whether China and the United States will go to war. There are many reasons to suggest they will include the dangers associated with a rising power (China) confronting an existing hegemon (US), conflicting ideologies, and numerous flashpoints (Taiwan, South China Sea, human rights). But there are also reasons to suggest that peace will prevail including the sobering prospect of nuclear conflict and the costs of economic decoupling. This class will assess the reasons why war is and is not likely, leaving it to the students to make their own determination. 

Your tuition includes dinner at Gertrude's! 

Cornbread & Foccacia

First Course (Choose 1)
Chesapeake Red Crap Soup 
Garden Salad* - Local field greens, baby arugula, cucumber, grape tomatoes, carrots, red onion, fennel, roasted lemon vinaigrette

Main Course (Choose 1)
Grilled Salmon* - Grilled salmon fillet, cool cucumber dill sauce, asparagus-lemon risotto
Five-Spice Chicken* - Grilled boneless breast of chicken marinated in lemongrass, ginger & garlic with mango chutney aioli, garlic-sesame spinach, tangy udon noodles
Steak Frites* - Grilled Teres Major beef, aioli, housemade fries, garlic-sesame spinach
'I Can't Believe It's Not Crab' Cakes* - (vegan) Zucchini cakes (Old Bay, traditional spices), orange-chipotle sauce, garlic-sesame spinach, tangy udon noodles

Dessert (Choose 1)
Gertrude's Candy Bar - Dark chocolate mousse, salted soft caramel, hazelnut crunch
Seasonal Fruit Dessert - Crisp or Cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream
Limoncello Sorbet* (vegan)

* items can be made gluten free

Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission Policies

Current and retired full-time Johns Hopkins faculty and staff, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, are eligible for tuition remission. Eligibility details can be found here.

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates. All other participants should review the JHAA Event

ABOUT Steven R. David (Ph.D, A&S '07)

Steven R. David is a professor of international relations whose work focuses on security studies, the politics of the developing world, American foreign policy, and turmoil in the Middle East. David’s scholarship emphasizes the impact of internal politics on foreign policy, particularly among developing countries. His earlier work argued for the importance of the developing world to American interests and global stability. In opposition to the “hyper-realists,” David argued that the instability of the developing world combined with their ability to wreak havoc, made these countries of central concern to American policy. David introduced the theory of “omnibalancing,” which asserted that to understand the foreign policies of developing countries it was necessary not only to consider external threats to the state, but also internal challenges to regime survival. David has also focused on the causes and consequences of internal war. His latest book, Catastrophic Consequences, argued that inadvertent harm caused by states torn apart by internal conflict is a greater threat than deliberate decisions of leaders to make war.

David is now working on two books. The first examines the emerging Sino-American competition in the developing world. It argues that this competition will play a greater role in determining global peace and stability than will a focus on great power conflict. The book also assesses how the strengths and weaknesses of the appeal of China and the United States manifest themselves in the distinctive political environment that characterizes much of the developing world. The second book looks at existential threats to Israel.  It uses the experience of Ancient Israel (in which Israel was destroyed several times) and the record of state death in general to provide insights into the dangers Israel faces today. These experiences suggest that unreliable allies, rising hegemonic threats and (most of all) internal dissension call into question Israel’s continued existence as a democratic, Jewish state.

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 Event Date
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Start Time: 6:30pm EDT
End Time: 8:30pm EDT

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