global-security-seminarWhen: Tuesday, February 18, 2010, 6:30 PM
Where: UCLA Faculty Center
: RSVP to by February 18, 11am
$32 dinner/$37 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $10.


The emergence of China and India as important players on the global stage is altering international power dynamics and diminishing America’s relative global standing.  A sprawling cottage industry has sprung up to analyze Beijing’s upward arc and the resulting geopolitical implications.  Although Indians see their country as China’s peer and some business journalists have christened India the “new China,” New Delhi’s power prospects by comparison have received little sustained focus.  In his talk, Dr. Karl will examine India’s power trajectory.  He concludes that the growing accolades India has received obscure some very stark and deep-seated realities and constraints that significantly diminish its power prospects as a strategic ally or partner for the United States.


David Karl is president of the Asia Strategy Initiative, a consultancy based in Los Angeles, and an adjunct professor of international relations at the University of Southern California.  He previously served as director of studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy, in charge of the Council’s think tank focused on foreign policy issues of particular resonance to the U.S West Coast, and was project director of the Joint Task Force on Enhancing India-U.S. Cooperation in the Global Innovation Economy.  Previously, he served as the Haynes Foundation Fellow at Town Hall Los Angeles, a public policy forum, and as a research assistant in the Washington DC office of the Konrad Adenuaer Foundation.  He received his doctorate in international relations at the University of Southern California, writing his dissertation on the India-Pakistan nuclear rivalry, and took his masters degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.  He has written articles and essays in a number of publications, including International Security, Asian Survey, Asia Policy, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Jose Mercury News,, and the Pacific Forum/CSIS PacNet series.


Stanley Wolpert is Professor of History, Emeritus, at UCLA.  Among his many books on South Asia include India, University of California Press,  Gandhi’s Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Oxford University Press, Jinnah of Pakistan, Oxford University Press, Shameful Flight: The Last Years of the British Empire in India, Oxford University Press. Stanley Wolpert  is the Editor of the four volume Encyclopedia of India.

The Global Security Seminar: Monthly Dinner Seminars for Professionals at the UCLA Faculty Center on International Politics and National Public Policy.

Organized and sponsored by PSR-LA and the much appreciated financial support of Richard Bernard, Jack Kaufman, Armin Satoff, Don and Judy Broder, Jack and Valerie Melmed, William E. Perkins, and an anonymous donor.

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