April 14 (Tue) - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Sergei Kukharenko and Dmitry Kuznetsov

Lathrop East Asia Library, Room 224
518 Memorial Way, Stanford University

This panel featuring Sergei Kukharenko and Dmitry Kuznetsov will examine the conceptual and soft power underpinnings of China’s rise in recent decades. Dmitry Kuznetsov will discuss the “Chinese Dream,” which is spreading rapidly on the level of both individual and mass consciousness, and is becoming a key trajectory of social thought in modern China.  Officially recognized during the 1st session of the National People’s Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in 2013, the formulation concept of the “Chinese dream” has been boosted by China’s prominent place in the world and its economic growth in the 21st century.  The “Chinese dream,” a continuation of the previously formulated idea of “the great revival of China,” aims at the creation of a middle-class society as well as the creation of a rich, strong and culturally developed socialist country, based on the principles of democracy, harmony and modernization.  Kuznetsov will focus on how the Chinese government is trying to promote the concept both domestically and internationally.

Sergei Kukharenko will focus on China’s use of soft power to attain its goals and spread its influence in today’s globalizing world. Since the late 1990s, China has placed considerable emphasis on soft power in its foreign policy and international relations. China effectively uses a number of  ‘soft power’ instruments, such as CCTV, which broadcasts even in Russian now, scholarships for international students, expos, sport events (e.g., the 2008 Olympics). But it is the Confucius Institute (CI) that is widely considered to be the main Chinese ‘soft power’ instrument, with about 500 CIs all over the world. Most Confucius Institutes are located in the most important regions for China: the four UN Security Council permanent states (US, Russia, Great Britain, France), Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Australia.  Focusing on the proliferation of CIs in Russia, the lecturer also will question the effectiveness of the work of Confucius Institutes and Chinese soft power in the West.

Sergei Kukharenko (Ph.D. in Philosophy) is a professor at Amur State University and the head of the Academic Mobility and Projects Department at Blagoveschensk State Pedagogical University in Russia. In addition, Kukharenko taught Russian politics and culture as a visiting professor at Bemidji State University in Minnesota in 2013-2014. From 2002-2007 Kukharenko worked as a local instructor under the Stanford University Initiative on Distant learning program, teaching “Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law,” “Security, Civil Liberties and Terrorism,” and “International Environmental Issues” to Russian students. His research interests include Russian politics, conflicts and integration processes on post-Soviet space, and Chinese politics, especially Chinese ‘soft power.’ His latest research focuses on the attitudes of Chinese, Russians, and Americans towards each other during the Ukrainian crisis, with a particular focus on students.  From 2008-2011, Kukharenko served as the head of a regional department of the “Right Cause” political party and also headed a regional department of “RPR-PARNAS” political party in 2013.

Dmitry Kuznetsov is Associate Professor in the Department of Universal History, Philosophy and Culturology at Blagoveshchensk State Pedagogical University. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the Moscow Pedagogical State University. His research interests include the history of international relations, and the interaction between foreign policy and public opinion.  Kuznetsov is author of more than 150 publications and a recipient of several grants, including the grant of the Russian Foundation for Humanities (2012) for the project: “The Interference of an External and Regional Policy of the Russian Federation;” the grant of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation (2009-2010) for the project: "The Regional Policy of Russia in the Far East: Realization Prospects in Modern Conditions;” and the grant of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (2009, 2011) for "The Model of Interaction of Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: The  Experience of the USA after the Vietnam War (1973-2009). "

Open to Stanford affiliates. RSVP requested.

Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies.