The World Shifts East: What It Means for the US with William H. Overholt.
Despite its Cold War victory, US influence in Asia is declining. Overholt disputes the argument that democracy will lead to peace and development. He argues that our relationships with Asian countries are based on obsolete attitudes, interest group pressures and institutional relationships. U.S. military priorities risk polarizing the region, weaken the economic relationships that engendered American preeminence, and ironically enhance Chinese influence- The Commonwealth Club of California
Member of The Commonwealth Club's Asia Pacific Affairs Forum.
William H. Overholt
William H. Overholt is Director of the Rand Center for Asia-Pacific Policy and author of Asia, America and the Transformation of Geopolitics.
Dr. Robert Scalapino
Dr. Robert Scalapino is the Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor emeritus and former director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Robert Scalapino was also the editor of Asian Survey from 1962 to 1995.
One of the foremost experts on Asia and U.S. political and security interests in the Far East, he is the founder and first chairman of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He has also served on the advisory committee on international studies of The Hoover Institution and the contemporary affairs committee of The Asia Society.
His many honors include Japan's Order of the Sacred Treasure, the Heung-In medal from the government of Korea, and the Japan Society of Northern California's award of honor. A director emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, he continues to serve on the boards of the Asia Foundation, the Pacific Forum, and the Atlantic Council.
He is the author of books and monographs and over 550 articles.