Wealth, power and identity - Asia's rising powers and the challenge of modernity

Defence Australia Asia

In this seminar Professor Michael Wesley of the National Security College examines the nexus between wealth, power and identity in Asia's rapidly developing societies and what it means for the future of the region.

The rapid development of Asia has revived an old debate about human progress. On one side is the belief that modernisation occurs in all societies according to similar logics and patterns, and that eventually all societies will converge towards common economic, political and social structures. On the other side is the belief that different societies modernise according to different patterns and that progress and development will result in even greater diversity between societies.

Professor Wesley has extensive experience teaching, researching and communicating on Australia's international engagements, particularly in Asia. He has published extensively and has authored several books on foreign policy, including The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia. He won the 2011 John Button Prize for Best Writing in Australian Politics for his book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia.

Prior to his appointment at ANU, Professor Wesley was Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and Professor of International Relations and Director of the Asia Institute at Griffith University. He was an Assistant Director-General in the Office of National Assessments and served as co-chairman of the Security and Prosperity working group at the Australia 2020 Summit in 2008.

This seminar is presented by the Crawford School of Public Policy.

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