Professor in Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury
Anne-Marie Brady is a Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury and a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center. She is also NATO Partner State Director of the Small States and the New Security Environment (SSANSE) Project, funded by NATO-SPS.
Professor Brady is an expert on China’s domestic and foreign policy, polar and Pacific politics, and NZ foreign policy. She is author of 10 books and more than 40 scholarly papers on topics ranging from China’s modern propaganda system, foreigner-management in China, and competing foreign policy interests in Antarctica. She is also the executive editor of The Polar Journal.
2018 marked the 40th anniversary of China’s economic reform and opening up. Today China’s investments are global, enabled by new mechanisms and initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the trillion-dollar Belt-and-Road initiative. The country’s strategic investment in communication infrastructure positions China as one of the leading players in future technologies. These developments have brought economic benefits to countries, among other positive externalities. At the same time, they have cast China’s global influence apparatus in the spotlight. Examples include various countries’ intelligence assessment of Chinese political influence and newly-enacted laws targeting foreign influence. What can we learn about China’s influence in countries near and far? In what form will it manifest itself in the information environment?