Odd Arne Westad – What will the Trump presidency mean for Asia?

Shinzō Abe and Donald Trump shaking hands and posing for a photo

The election of Donald Trump as president signals a profound change in US foreign relations. Basic US approaches to the world, in place since at least 1945, seem to be shifting, as are traditional concepts of friends and enemies.

In this lecture, Professor Odd Arne Westad of Harvard University asks what the reactions to the Trump presidency are likely to be in eastern Asia and whether we are facing a fundamental power shift in the region. He will also discuss how the current situation compares with earlier cases of dramatic global change.

Twitter hashtag for this event: #CCWWestad

This event will be recorded as a video podcast.

Professor Odd Arne Westad
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Professor Odd Arne Westad (Harvard University)

Odd Arne Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, where he teaches at the Kennedy School of Government. He is an expert on contemporary international history and on the eastern Asian region.

Before coming to Harvard in 2015, Westad was School Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). While at LSE, he directed LSE IDEAS, a leading centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy.

Professor Westad won the Bancroft Prize for The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. The book, which has been translated into fifteen languages, also won a number of other awards.

Westad served as general editor for the three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War, and is the author of the Penguin History of the World (now in its 6th edition). His book, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, won the Asia Society’s book award for 2013.


Eirini Karamouzi (University of Sheffield)


24 April 2017, 5.15pm - 7.00pm


Eirini Karamouzi
Phone: +44 114 222 2574
Email: e.karamouzi@sheffield.ac.uk
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Humanities Research Institute (HRI)

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