The Inaugural Ted Wheelwright Memorial Lecture

29 August 2008

Internationally-renowned public intellectual and leading veteran of the global justice movement, Professor Walden Bello, will be visiting Australia to present the Inaugural Ted Wheelwright Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney on Monday 1 September.

Professor Bello, who has published widely on the impact of the growth of global finance, models for development in the emerging economies of South-East Asia and the role of military interventions by Western powers, will explore the impact on the Asia-Pacific of what he argues is the "crisis of hegemony" enveloping the United States.

While many critics of US foreign policy at the turn of the twentieth century have highlighted the risk of military overreach in the Middle East, Professor Bello notes that the failures to extend capital market liberalisation in the Asia-Pacific and to create a free-trade APEC have further contributed to a decline in US power in the region.

Bello will outline his views on the path that the US should follow as it cedes supremacy to China, as well as the role of the peoples of the Asia Pacific, developing country governments and global civil society can play in ensuring that China "desists from following the destructive imperial path followed by Europe and the United States in its rise to global prominence".

The Ted Wheelwright Memorial Lecture series, named in honour of one Australia's leading heterodox economists, aims to promote public discussion in Australia about contemporary political economic issues.

6pm, Monday 1 September

Eastern Avenue Auditorium

The University of Sydney


Contact: Mandy Sacher

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