NEWS ADVISORY: ‘China: Fragile Superpower.’ E.N. Thompson Forum, Thursday, Nov. 12, at UNK

John Anderson
Professor of Political Science University of Nebraska at Kearney 308.865.8171

“China: Fragile Superpower”
Dr. Susan Shirk
E.N. Thompson Forum Simulcast
Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
(Free and open to the public)
Susan Shirk will expound on the thesis of her book entitled China: Fragile Superpower (2007), exploring the paradox faced by China’s leaders—the more developed and prosperous the country becomes, the more insecure and threatened they feel.

Shirk served as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia from 1997 to 2000, knows many of today’s Chinese rulers personally and has studied them for three decades. A leading authority on China, she is the Ho Miu Lam endowed chair in China and Pacific relations in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California San Diego, and director of the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, whose mission is to educate the next generation of international problem-solvers and peace-makers through research and teaching activities.

The lectures in this year’s E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues will focus on China and the varied facets of the nation’s relationship with the rest of the world.

“These forums are of particular interest to the UNK community, as we continue to see an increase in Chinese students on our campus,” said Dr. John Anderson, UNK coordinator for the American Democracy Project.

The lecture will be simultaneously broadcast in Room 101 in the Communications Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Parking is available west of the building.

For more information regarding Dr. Shirk or the E.N. Thompson Forum, see the E.N. Thompson website at

John Anderson, Coordinator
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