Past Event

Power and Restraint in China's Rise

September 21, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Event time is displayed in your time zone.
School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, Room 918, New York, NY 10027

Watch the recorded event here.


  • To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only
  • To register to attend this event online, please register HERE.

Speaker: Chin-Hao Huang, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale-NUS College (in NYC)

Moderated by: Nick R. Smith, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Urban Studies, Barnard College

Power and Restraint in China’s Rise
Why and when does China exercise restraint—and how does this aspect of Chinese statecraft challenge the conventional narrative about rising powers’ behavior? In his recently published book, Power and Restraint in China’s Rise (Columbia University Press 2022), Chin-Hao Huang argues that China’s aspirations for legitimacy and acceptance provide a key rationale for refraining from coercive measures. Offering new insights into the causes and consequences of change in recent Chinese foreign policy, the findings show why paying attention to the targets of Chinese power matters and what the future of engagement with China might look like.

Speaker Bio:
Associate Professor Chin-Hao Huang’s research and teaching focus on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security. He is the recipient of the Lee Kong Chian National University of Singapore-Stanford University Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia (2018-2019) and the American Political Science Association’s Foreign Policy Section Best Paper Award (2014). He is the author or co-author of three books, including his latest manuscript, Power and Restraint in China’s Rise (Columbia University Press, 2022).

This event is sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and co-sponsored by the Columbia Global Centers | Beijing.

Contact Information

Julie Kwan