Considering the geographic expanse from Asia to the Middle East, this lecture series examines the exchange and flow of capital, oil, and natural gas between India and China on one hand, and the Middle East as represented by the Arab gulf and Iran on the other. Speakers address how tensions in Pakistan and Afghanistan, peace-making efforts from Turkey, and the Arab-Israeli conflict influence diplomacy in this huge area of the world where great wealth and greater conflict coincide.
In this lecture, political scientist Minxin Pei asks whether China is outcompeting the United States.
Minxin Pei is a senior associate and director of the China program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. An expert on China, Taiwan, East Asia, and democracy, he has written many articles on economic growth and political reform in China, and he also taught politics at Princeton University. His main research interests are U.S.-China relations, the development of democratic political systems, and Chinese politics.
He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union and China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy. His research has been published in many journals and books, and his commentary appears in many major newspapers.