Narrating cold wars: Cold War 2.0?

This roundtable discussion is part of our three-day conference, Narrating Cold Wars. For the full schedule and registration details, please click below.


Kanti Bajpai is Wilmar Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Prior to coming to Singapore, he taught at Oxford University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and M. S. University of Baroda, and held visiting appointments at the Brookings Institution, the University of Notre Dame, the Australian Defence Force Academy, and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. His research interests are international security, India’s foreign policy and national security, and South Asia.  His most recent book is India Versus China: Why They Are Not Friends (2021).

Ian Johnson has been engaged with China for the past thirty-five years, writing on long-term social issues such as the country’s search for faith and values, as well as political challenges including efforts to control dissent and history. He is a senior fellow for Chinese studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, regularly contributes to The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, and speaks in the media or to public audiences about China. In 2020, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded him a Public Scholar grant to write a new book on historical memory in China.

Maria Repnikova is an Assistant Professor in Global Communication at Georgia State University. She is a scholar of Chinese political communication, including critical journalism, propaganda, cyber nationalism, and soft power. She is the author of the award-winning book, Media Politics in China (Cambridge 2017), and forthcoming book, Chinese Soft Power (Cambridge Elements Series). She also published in numerous top journals, as well is public media like The New York Times. Her current project is on Chinese soft power in Africa, with a regional focus on Ethiopia. Maria has a PhD from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar.


Daya Thussu is Professor of International Communication at School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2018-2019, he was a visiting Distinguished Professor and inaugural Disney Chair in Global Media at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Beijing. For many years he was Professor of International Communication at the University of Westminster in London.  Author or editor of 20 books, his latest publication is BRICS Media: Reshaping the Global Communication Order? (Routledge, 2021). He is the founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication.