College of Liberal Arts

Talk Examines Bad Debts and China's Financial Influence in Great Power Politics

Thursday Nov 19, 2009 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM | LBJ Library Brown Room, 10th Floor

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law invites you to a talk titled "Bad Debts: Assessing China's Financial Influence in Great Power Politics" by Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Commentators and policymakers have articulated growing concerns about U.S. dependence on China and other authoritarian capitalist states as a source of credit to fund its trade and budget deficits.  What are the security implications of China’s creditor status?  If Beijing or another sovereign creditor were to flex its financial muscles, would Washington buckle?  Professor Drezner will argue that the power of credit has been exaggerated in policy circles.  China can use its financial power to resist American entreaties, but it cannot coerce the United States into changing its policies.

Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He is the author, most recently, of "All Politics is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes" (Princeton University Press, 2007), which explores how and when regulatory standards are coordinated across borders in an era of globalization.  Drezner writes a widely read foreign affairs blog at
This presentation is part of the Strauss Center’s International Security Speaker Series, which features leading scholars and policy practitioners discussing challenges and solutions for meeting the security demands of the modern world.

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