Speaker: Prof Kai QUEK, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
Kai Quek studies strategic interactions in international relations, with a focus on US-China interactions. He is especially interested in (1) state-to-state signaling, (2) the dynamics of deescalation, and (3) the origins of collective beliefs such as nationalism. His theoretical research on signaling has established new signaling mechanisms beyond those previously established in political science. His experimental research on deescalation has produced the first large-scale experiment in international security that cuts into a live real-world dispute, measuring the nationalistic backlash leaders face for backing down in a territorial crisis, and testing the strategies the government can use to reduce the backlash and decrease the risk of war. He serves as Chair of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee, associate editor for the Japanese Journal of Political Science, and on the Board of Editors for International Organization.
Host: Prof Han ZHANG, Assistant Professor, Division of Social Science, HKUST