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Nov. 7, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Brantford – Wilfrid Laurier University will present a free public lecture on security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region at the university’s Brantford campus Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by Dalbir Ahlawat, who is a senior lecturer in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Ahlawat will be at Laurier for the week as a visiting public scholar.

Ahlawat, an expert on strategic and international security affairs with a focus on Asia, will address security interactions between China, India and the United States. With shifts in the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region since the end of the Cold War, this lecture will focus on whether the U.S. and China will accommodate each other’s strategic interests in a way that would contribute to better global governance, and whether India will align, hedge or maintain strategic autonomy in reference to one or the other power.

“The Department of Criminology is pleased to welcome Dr. Dalbir Ahlawat to Laurier to share his expertise on issues of global security and the strategic balances in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Stacey Hannem, chair and associate professor of Laurier’s Department of Criminology. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to broaden their thinking about the political nature of security; Ahlawat’s research will be of great interest, not only to our students but to members of the general public who wish to gain greater insight into the state of international affairs.”

Ahlawat earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Centre for Canadian, U.S. and Latin American Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. His areas of research include strategic and security issues in the Indo-Pacific, India's security challenges, India-China strategic perceptions, U.S. security postures in the Indo-Pacific region, and border security and migration challenges.

Ahlawat teaches courses on border security, development and insecurity, globalization, and transnational security in Asia. Most recently, he served as the higher degree research director in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has published four books and 25 research papers.

The lecture is sponsored by Laurier’s Criminology department and the office of the dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences. The event will be held in room GRH207, Grand River Hall, 171 Colborne St., Brantford. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa.

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Media Contacts:

Stacey Hannem, Chair and Associate Professor

Department of Criminology, Brantford campus

T: 519-756-8228 ext. 5785

Beth Gurney, Associate Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Brantford campus

T: 519-756-8228 ext. 5753


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