US-China Great Power Competition: a new cold war?

The nature of great power competition in the 21st century will shape the world. Are we in a new cold war between the US and China? 

There has been much debate as to whether we are in a new cold war between the US and China. The answer to this question has huge implications for not only policymakers but society as a whole. Indeed, the exact nature of US-China competition will determine the path of the two great powers across the 21st century. This panel will seek to define what we actually mean by a cold war, whether we actually find ourselves in the foothills of one, and what the answers to these questions imply.



Event recorded on 28 October 2020.


Christopher Coker is Director of LSE IDEAS. He was Professor of International Relations at LSE, retiring in 2019.

Jacob Helberg is a senior advisor at the Stanford University Cyber Policy Center and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he is writing a forthcoming book on U.S. foreign policy and national security, technology policy, and China. He is Co-Chair of the Brookings Institution China Strategy Working Group.

Oriana Skylar Mastro a Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

Odd Arne Westad is the 2020/21 Engelsberg Chair at LSE IDEAS and is a Founding Director of LSE IDEAS. He is a scholar of modern international and global history, with a specialization in the history of eastern Asia since the 18th century.

Michael Cox is a Founding Director of LSE IDEAS and an Emeritus Professor in International Relations at LSE.