Dr. Toshi Yoshihara Comes to St. Mary’s College

September 14, 2013

St. Mary's College logoThe Patuxent Partnership and the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland are co-hosting “The Future of Chinese Sea Power” lecture and book signing with Dr. Toshi Yoshihara. Dr. Yoshihara holds the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies and is an affiliate member of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. The lecture takes place in the Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s Hall, at St. Mary’s College on Thursday, September 26th from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm.

Military tensions in the East China Sea have increased in the last several years. China’s rapid naval expansion, along with a willingness to use its increased economic power, has contributed to these rising tensions. Dr. Yoshihara has an extensive knowledge of sea power-theory, and argues that China is laying the groundwork for a sustained challenge to American primacy in maritime Asia, a topic he explores in his co-authored book, “Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy.” Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed following the lecture.

Rear Admiral Steve Tomaszeski says, “An expert on China’s growing Navy, Dr. Toshi Yoshihara is an engaging speaker addressing a most relevant topic, the future of maritime security in the Pacific. As our U.S. Navy re-balances forces to the Pacific, Dr. Yoshihara’s analysis of the ongoing modernization of the Chinese Navy is both thought-provoking and compelling. You will come away with a new appreciation for the importance of maintaining our maritime superiority.”

“This lecture will be of interest to both the St. Mary’s College and regional community,” says Dr. Michael Cain, Director of the Center. “Dr. Yoshihara’s argument about the growing power of the Chinese Navy is linked to important discussions on how to address strategic challenges in the region and possible flashpoints in the East and South China Seas. It will be a fascinating discussion for our students and our community.”

Doors open at 4:00 pm. For more information or to register, please visit www.paxpartnership.org or call 301-866-1739 x301.

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