January 16, 2004
Harm de Blij

Harm de Blij
"China in the World Ahead: Avoiding Cold War II"
Underwritten by: Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, LLP

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Among the great events that will mark the 21st century - climate change, civilization conflict, medical miracles, technological triumphs - the rise of China as a global force is likely to figure prominently. This will happen at a time when the United States is the world’s sole superpower; conflicts of interest will be inevitable. In fact, they already exist. Harm de Blij, a world-renowned geography scholar, television personality and Distinguished Professor of Geography at Michigan State University, returns to the January Series to discuss the possibility of a Second Cold War, which may vex this new century as the First Cold War bedeviled the last, and what can be done to avert this threat.

  • Geographer
  • Distinguished Professor of Geography (visiting) at Michigan State University
  • Formerly with National Geographic and ABC’s “Good Morning America”
  • Author of textbook "Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts"
  • Has own television series “The Power of Place" which airs on PBS stations