International Conference 

International Conference 


Small, Medium and Great Powers’ Response to US-China Strategic Competition: Neutrality, Choosing Sides, or Bandwagoning

 

Date: December 4-5, 2020

Time: 09:15 – 18:00 (GMT+1; December 4); 09:00 – 12:15 (GMT+1; December 5)

Format: Online

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/y5pnofp3

Organizer: PD Dr. Simona Grano (Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich)


Program

*Time Zone: GMT+1


Day 1        Friday, December 4, 2020

  

09:15 – 09:40              Welcome Address

Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger (Vice President, University of Zurich)       

Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci (Director, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich)

 

09:40 – 10:45             Session 1: US-China Strategic Competition


Chair: Prof. Ralph Weber (University of Basel, Switzerland)

 

1. In the Context of the Global Pandemic of Covid-19

Speaker: Prof. Shelley Rigger (Davidson College, USA) 

 

2. In Each Domestic Context (US and China): Elections and other Incognita

Speaker: Dr. Brian Carlson (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

 

10:45 – 11:00              Q&A

 

11:00 – 11:30              Keynote Speech (Representative from MOFA, Taiwan) 

 

11:30 – 11:45              Break

 

11:45 – 12:45             Session 2:

How Shall Small and Medium Powers in Europe React?


Chair: Prof. Daniel Kübler (University of Zurich, Switzerland) 

 

1. The Case of Switzerland

Speakers: Prof. Ralph Weber (University of Basel, Switzerland) and PD Dr. Simona Grano (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

 

2. The Case of the United Kingdom

Speaker: Dr. Rod Wye (Chatam House, United Kingdom) 

 

12:45 – 13:00             Q&A

 

13:00 – 14:30             Lunch Break

 

14:30 – 15:30             Session 3: How Shall Small and Medium Powers in Asia Position Themselves?


Chair: Prof. Lisheng Dong (University of Zurich, Switzerland)                            


1. The Case of South Korea

Speaker: Dr. Linda Maduz (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

 

2. The Case of Japan

Speaker: Prof. David Chiavacci (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

 

15:30 – 15:45              Q&A

 

15:45 – 16:00             Break

 

16:00 – 17:30             Session 4: How Shall Small, Medium and Great Powers in Europe React?


Chair: Prof. Gunter Schubert (University of Tübingen, Germany)

 

1. The Case of Sweden 

 Speaker: Prof. Johan Lagerkvist (Stockholm University, Sweden) 

                                   

2. The Case of Italy

Speaker: Dr. Giovanni Andornino (Università di Torino, Italy)

                                   

 3. The Case of Germany

Speaker: Prof. Jens Damm (EURICS Paris, France)

                        

17:30 – 17:45              Q&A


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Day 2        Saturday, December 5, 2020

 

09:00 – 10:30 Session 5: How Shall Small and Medium Powers in Asia Position Themselves?

Chair: PD Dr. Simona Grano  (University of Zurich, Switzerland) and Dr. Linda Maduz (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)


1. The Case of Taiwan 

Speaker: Dr. Wen-Chin Wu (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

 

2. The Case of Singapore 

Speaker: Prof. Ian Chong (National University of Singapore, Singapore) 

 

3. David against Goliath: How Small States Cope with Great Power States in the Case of the Switzerland-EU and Taiwan-China relationship

Speaker: Dr. Jasmin Gattlen (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

            

10:30 – 10:45             Q&A

 

10:45 – 11:00             Break

 

11:00 – 12:00             Roundtable with Experts and Politicians

 

Captain James E. Fanell (Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland)

 

Mr. Fabian Molina (Member of Swiss Parliament, SP) 

 

Prof. Gunter Schubert (University of Tübingen, Germany) 

 

Prof. Steve Tsang (SOAS University of London, United Kingdom) 

 

12:00 – 12:15               Concluding Remarks