October 18, 2010 — “The U.S.-China relationship is fundamentally stable and will remain so for the foreseeable future,” begins David Lampton, Asia Foundation trustee and director of China Studies at the The Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, in his new paper, “Power Constrained: Sources of Mutual Strategic Suspicion in U.S-China Relations.” In his paper he goes on to explain that a stable U.S.-China “relationship is anchored in the two societies’ respective preoccupations with their own domestic problems.” However, his essay highlights “four sources of mutual strategic mistrust that, if insufficiently attended to by Washington and Beijing, will metastasize.” Dr. Lampton was recently awarded the inaugural Robert A. Scalapino Prize in recognition of this landmark paper and his exceptional contributions to America’s understanding of the vast changes underway throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The Scalapino Prize was awarded by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The prize honors the legacy of Professor Robert A. Scalapino, founder and director of the East Asian Studies Institute at the University of California at Berkeley and The Asia Foundation’s Trustee Emeritus. For the past six decades, Professor Scalapino has been considered America’s foremost scholar of the Asia-Pacific region having written 38 books and more than 600 journal articles on U.S.-Asian relations.
This month, NBR, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and The Asia Foundation will sponsor the National Asia Research Program West Coast Symposium, featuring David M. Lampton as keynote speaker and hosted by University of California-Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies.
David M. Lampton is the Dean of Faculty, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Director of the Chinese Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book, The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds was published in 2008.