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Reconciling Status: China and the Dilemma of Intervention at the UN Security Council

Abstract:China acquiesced to an International Criminal Court referral for Sudan in 2005 and largely supported intervention into Darfur by way of a Chapter VII peace operation, supported an International Criminal Court referral and acquiesced to a no-fly zone in the Libya case in 2011, but halted intervention into the Syria crisis, issuing repeated vetoes since 2011.  These three cases represent the trinity of intervention cases with robust public discourse calling for foreign-imposed regime change. Using China’s absolute rejection of foreign-imposed regime change as a tough test for her theory, Assistant Professor Courtney Fung presents that status – a state’s standing or rank in a status community – is an overlooked determinant in understanding China’s response to intervention. 

Speaker:Dr. Courtney J. Fung

Bio:Dr. Courtney J. Fung is an assistant professor of International Relations.  She was recently a 2016 – 2017 research fellow with the East Asia Institute in their Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, and prior to that an honorary research fellow at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney during a semester-long research sabbatical. Before joining the faculty at the University of Hong Kong, Dr. Fung was a post-doctoral research fellow with the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, based at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. Prior positions include research fellowships with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and with the Global Peace Operations Program at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. Dr. Fung’s book manuscript explains China’s varied response to intervention and foreign-imposed regime change at the United Nations Security Council. She concluded extensive fieldwork for this project, including participant observation at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Other research projects include India and China’s responses to the responsibility to protect,and an RGC Early Career Scheme funded project on the impact of regional organisations on China’s position on intervention at the United Nations.  Website:

7 May