Lectures of Opportunity: "Financial Cold War"

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
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U.S. Naval War College, LOO Coordinator

This event is for U.S. Naval War College students, faculty and staff.

Financial Cold War: A View of Sino-U.S. Relations from the Financial Markets

The most consequential Great Power relationship of the 21st century is that between China and the United States. Countless commentators assert regularly that Beijing and Washington are now firmly locked into a trajectory of strategic competition, with much of this rivalry being played out in the financial domain. Recent Russian military action in Ukraine and the West’s response have further highlighted the power – and limitations – of the financial theatre in modern international conflicts. A perspective that is not commonly examined, however, relates to the role of financial markets in creating and exacerbating geopolitical tensions in the first place.

How does international finance intersect with geopolitics in the 21st century? What role do financial markets play in the accelerating rivalry between China and the U.S.? How might the international financial system and domestic financial policies be reformed to de-escalate tensions between the world’s two leading powers? Following the recent publication of his book, Financial Cold War: A View of Sino-U.S. Relations from the Financial Markets, author James Fok will speak on the impact of financial markets on the creation and amplification of U.S.-China tensions.

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Lectures of Opportunity offers U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to learn more about national and international socio-political subjects that may be of relevance to the NWC community.

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