Lund University is celebrating 350 years. Read more on lunduniversity.lu.se

Menu

Javascript is not activated in your browser. This website needs javascript activated to work properly.
You are here

Controlling the Narrative and International Order in the South China Sea

photo of Amanda Cheney
Amanda Cheney
Lecture
Open lecture with Dr. Amanda Cheney, Department of Political Science, Lund University

In recent years, “rules based order” has emerged as a talking point in policy-oriented conversations about the future of the international system, particularly in respect to the rise of China and decline of the US. While many observers and statespersons make calls for “rules based order,” this awkward-sounding neologism has not yet been a subject of serious scholarly attention. To address this gap, this paper focuses on the notion of “rules based order” in the South China Sea, where China’s behavior is widely regarded as an important indicator of whether this “rising” power will uphold the existing rules of the game or re-shape them in its own image. The paper begins by considering the extent to which language, discourse and strategic narratives are integral elements of the mechanics by international order it is transformed, followed by an examination of the varied sets of meanings ascribed to “rules based order” in the context of China’s ambitions in the South China Sea. The paper concludes that although the term “rules based order” may have been introduced with the intention of sustaining the status quo, its very emergence reflects the extent to which change in the prevailing international order is already underway. By closely considering the constitutive power of language, this paper sheds new light on the extent to which control over narratives is central to the fate of international order.

 

 

Time: 
21 March 2018 10:15 to 12:30
Location: 
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund
Contact: 
marina.svensson [at] ace.lu.se

About the event

Time: 
21 March 2018 10:15 to 12:30
Location: 
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund
Contact: 
marina.svensson [at] ace.lu.se

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
Lund University
Sölvegatan 18 B, 223 62 Lund
Sweden

Phone: +46 46 222 38 61
E-mail: info [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se