Robert Ross, professor of political science at Boston College, will discuss “The Rise of China and the New Balance of Power in East Asia” when he presents Ohio Wesleyan University’s 15th Annual Corinne Lyman Lecture on International Studies.

Ross will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

Significant advances in the rise of Chinese economic and military power have transformed the East Asian balance of power, Ross says. China is rapidly developing naval capacities throughout East Asia, and it is challenging U.S. maritime hegemony and regional security interests.

This transformation in great power relations presents a formidable challenge to regional stability and to U.S. foreign policy in East Asia and through the world, he contends. The implications of this new balance of power are evident in recent Chinese and U.S. security policies. But it is not clear whether the United States possesses the resources or the political resolve to develop an effective response to the rise of China. Nor is it clear whether the U.S. is prepared to adjust to this new reality.

In addition to teaching at Boston College, Ross is an associate at the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and a member of the Academic Advisory Group, U.S.-China Working Group, U.S. Congress; the Council on Foreign Relations; and the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.

He also is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Security Studies at Peking University, a Fulbright Professor at the Chinese Foreign Affairs College, a visiting senior fellow at the Institute of International Strategic Studies at Qinghua University, and a senior advisor of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His recent publications include “Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China: Power and Politics in East Asia,” “Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics,” and “New Directions in the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy.”

Ohio Wesleyan’s Lyman Lecture Series is named in honor of Corinne Lyman, a retired OWU professor of politics and government. She created Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program and chaired it until retiring in 1999. Learn more about the program at


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