Past Events

New World Disorder: A Chinese Challenge to American Global Hegemony?

Penang Institute is proud to host a public forum titled: “New World Disorder: A Chinese Challenge to American Global Hegemony?” which is scheduled as follows:

Date: 20 March 2019, Wednesday
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm (registration starts at 7:30pm)
Venue: Conference Hall, Penang Institute

In the digitised world, location appears to be mere coordinates where one source originated from but in reality, geographical location with national boundary drawn is often grouped together based on a loosely-defined geopolitical region where realignment happens alongside the change in leadership. In this talk, the speaker will examine a broad identification of the existential threats facing humanity’s future and examine the responses of the Great Powers and their growing rivalry for global hegemony as well as the validity of the Chinese challenge to Western imperial dominance. The changing geopolitical situation complicated by global warming, nuclear proliferation and the emergence of regional powers in addition to resurgent nationalism everywhere especially in the wealthier industrialised nations of America and Europe will be analysed in the historical context of capitalist globalisation and its consequences on state and society. Will there be hope for the communities to reclaim their commons, locally and nationally, amidst growing uncertainties and threats to human survival?

About the speaker

Koh Kay Yew was a student activist in his undergraduate days at the University of Singapore in the sixties. He was the President of the University Socialist Club and concurrently the University of Singapore Economics Society. He was a member of the Malaysian students’ goodwill mission to Africa and graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Economics and worked as a Fellow at the Economics Research Centre. He co-edited two books: “Our Thoughts are Free” in 2009 and “The Fajar Generation” in 2010. He has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and America over the past forty years and is currently retired and lives in the Bay Area of California.