With China steadily rising as a new geopolitical and geoeconomic superpower, how will the other world powers respond? Economic sanctions, border conflicts, ideological clashes, deep infrastructural expansion across the globe, all this is leading to increased tensions and it makes us wonder: what are the chances of a war between China and the West? What would such an open conflict look like, and how would it impact us in Europe, sandwiched as we are between the two global superpowers of China and the US?
Political scientist, author, and philosopher Haroon Sheikh will discuss the rise of China and the inevitable geopolitical tension between west and east.
SG presents: The World at War series
In this series of talks, different thinkers explore the meaning of conflict in our times.
No longer a ‘great game’ of nation states declaring war, invading, and taking land, global aggression in our time takes place through trade, hacking, and proxies. Far from home, or hidden online, it remains largely unseen by us in the Netherlands. And yet ‘war’ in the sense of conflict is everywhere. Immigration, natural resource extractivism, the war on terror, the war on corona, the rise of the Chinese economy, climate change, and a multitude of cultural conflicts beg the question: what is war in the 21st century? And why do we