Past Event

'The War in Ukraine and the Sino-Russian Partnership' with Elizabeth Wishnick

November 13, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Abstract: Professor Wishnick will discuss her findings from published and forthcoming research on the war in Ukraine and Sino-Russian relations.  Her presentation will address what the war tells us about the parameters of a partnership that has been portrayed as “without limits” and explore the drivers of this relationship.  Although the war has been counterproductive for Chinese interests in many respects, Xi Jinping has stood by Vladimir Putin. Professor Wishnick will draw some conclusions about the domestic and geopolitical factors underpinning Xi’s continued support for Putin.

Bio: Elizabeth Wishnick is a Senior Research Scientist in the China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division at the Center for Naval Analyses, on leave from her position as Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University. Since 2002, she has been a research scholar at WEAI. She previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations, Chinese politics, and Chinese foreign policy at Barnard College, Columbia College, and SIPA. Dr. Wishnick has dual regional expertise on China and Russia and is an expert on Chinese foreign policy, Sino-Russian relations, Northeast Asian and Central Asian security, and Arctic geopolitics.  Her book project, China’s Risk China’s Risk: Energy, Water, Food and Regional Security (forthcoming Columbia University Press) addresses the security consequences of energy, water and food risks in China for its Eurasian neighbors, a topic she explores in a related policy blog, She received a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, an MA in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and a BA from Barnard College. She speaks Mandarin, Russian, and French.

This event is a hybrid with both in-person attendees and an online audience. It is sponsored by the China and the World Program and co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

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If you are attending in-person, please go to 'INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BUILDING AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY - 420 W. 118TH ST., NEW YORK, NY 10027 ROOM 918' 

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