On 28 February, Global Leaders Fellow Dr. Zheng Chen delivered a lecture at the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE) on the current development of international relations theory studies in China. Hosted by Professor Christopher R Hughes, the current head of the Department of International Relations at LSE, the lecture attracted a number of students, along with Professor Barry Buzan.
During his lecture, Dr. Chen explained the rise and retreat of theory fever in Chinese IR studies from a new framework of academic market and career incentive. After examining works of three established professors and three emerging scholars, he suggested that understanding Chinese IR theory studies presents a unique lens to investigate China’s social and intellectual transformation in past decades and ‘how China will be a world power'. Dr Chen also argued that to make Chinese School(s) a truly global component of IR, Chinese scholars have to think beyond China.
Dr. Chen also had chance to engage in discussion with Professor Buzan and others on China’s possible contribution of new ideas for global governance.