Events Archive: 2014-15

CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY UNDER XI JINPING

Bonnie Glaser / 葛来仪October 7, 2014 - 4:30pm

Bonnie Glaser is a senior adviser for Asia in the Freeman Chair in China Studies, where she works on issues related to Chinese foreign and security policy. She is concomitantly a senior associate with CSIS Pacific Forum and a consultant for the U.S. government on East Asia. From 2003 to mid-2008, Ms. Glaser was a senior associate in the CSIS International Security Program.

Prior to joining CSIS, she served as a consultant for various U.S. government offices, including the Departments of Defense and State. Ms. Glaser has written extensively on Chinese threat perceptions and views of the strategic environment, China’s foreign policy, Sino-U.S. relations, U.S.-China military ties, cross-strait relations, Chinese assessments of the Korean peninsula, and Chinese perspectives on missile defense and multilateral security in Asia. Her writings have been published in theWashington Quarterly, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, International Security, Problems of Communism, Contemporary Southeast Asia, American Foreign Policy Interests, Far Eastern Economic Review, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, New York Times, and International Herald Tribune, as well as various edited volumes on Asian security.

Ms. Glaser is a regular contributor to the Pacific Forum quarterly Web journal Comparative Connections. She is currently a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she served as a member of the Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board China Panel in 1997. Ms. Glaser received her B.A. in political science from Boston University and her M.A. with concentrations in international economics and Chinese studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Speaker(s): Bonnie Glaser  -  Senior Adviser for Asia, CSIS

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CHINA IN THE AGE OF AMBITION: EIGHT YEARS IN BEIJING

Evan Osnos PhotoOctober 13, 2014 - 4:30pm

Location:  Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Speaker(s):  Evan Osnos

Author and Staff Writer, The New Yorker

 

 

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THE NEW KINGS OF CRUDE

Luke Patey BookOctober 14, 2014 - 4:30pm

The need for oil in Asia’s new industrial powers, China and India, has grown dramatically. The New Kings of Crude takes the reader from the dusty streets of an African capital to Asia’s glistening corporate towers to provide a first look at how the world’s rising economies established new international oil empires in Sudan, amid one of Africa’s longest-running and deadliest civil wars.

For over a decade, Sudan fuelled the international rise of Chinese and Indian national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africa’s largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged Asia’s oil giants to chart a new course. Luke Patey weaves together the stories of hardened oilmen, powerful politicians, rebel fighters, and human rights activists to show how the lure of oil brought China and India into Sudan—only later to ensnare both in the messy politics of a divided country. His book also introduces the reader to the Chinese and Indian oilmen and politicians who were willing to become entangled in an African civil war in the pursuit of the world’s most coveted resource. It offers a portrait of the challenges China and India are increasingly facing as emerging powers in the world.

Luke Patey is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. He has written for The Guardian and The Hindu, and is co-editor of Sudan Looks East: China, India, and the Politics of Asian Alternatives.

Location:  Bowl 2, Robertson Hall

Speaker(s):  Luke Patey senior researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies

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TAKING CHINA'S RISE SERIOUSLY: COMPETITION, UNILATERAL CONCESSIONS, OR A GRAND BARGAIN

Charles L. GlaserDecember 3, 2014 - 4:30pm

Charles L. Glaser is professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Elliott School’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies. His research focuses on international relations theory and international security policy. Professor Glaser’s book, Rational Theory of International Politics was published by Princeton University Press in 2010. His research on international relations theory has focused on the security dilemma, defensive realism, the offense-defense balance, and arms races. Professor Glaser holds a Ph.D. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received a BS in Physics from MIT, and an MA in Physics and an MPP from Harvard. Before joining the George Washington University, Professor Glaser was the Emmett Dedmon Professor of Public Policy and Deputy Dean at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He has also taught political science at the University of Michigan; was a visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford; served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon; was a peace fellow at the United States Institute of Peace; and was a research associate at the Center of International Studies at MIT.

Speaker(s): Charles L. Glaser - Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science

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RED FLAGS OR SILVER LININGS? CRISIS (IN)STABILITY IN THE E. CHINA SEA & CHINA’S & JAPAN’S NEW NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCILS

Adam P. Liff PhotoDecember 9, 2014 - 4:30pm

Since September 2012 frictions between Beijing and Tokyo over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea have become unprecedentedly unstable. Even an accident stemming from a low-level encounter could quickly escalate into a major crisis between the world’s second- and third-largest economies. This talk examines China’s and Japan’s crisis management mechanisms and the implications of nascent national security councils--established by both governments last year--for stability in the East China Sea. In addition to an overview of recent developments concerning the (de facto) territorial dispute itself, it will examine the prospects for, and obstacles to, more effective crisis management and institutional reforms.

Adam P. Liff specializes in international relations of East Asia, with a focus on Chinese and Japanese security policy and the U.S. role in the region. He is on leave from Indiana University, where he is an assistant professor in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department of IU’s new School of Global and International Studies (sgis.indiana.edu). Adam's publications include peer-reviewed articles in International Security,The China Quarterly, and Journal of Strategic Studies; analytical pieces for Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Asan Forum, The Diplomat, PacNet, Asia-Pacific Bulletin, among others; and several book chapters in edited volumes. He has held research affiliations at Peking University, University of Tokyo, Harvard Kennedy School, University of Virginia, Stanford University's PKU Center, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), and RAND Corporation. Adam holds a B.A. from Stanford University (with Distinction, With Honors, and Phi Beta Kappa), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. More information about Adam is available on his website (adamphailliff.com), and you can follow him on Twitter @AdamPLiff. You can email him at apl @ princeton.edu. He is in residence at Princeton University and has posted his office hours on WASS.

Location:  Bowl 2, Robertson Hall

Speaker(s):  Adam Liff  - CWP Fellow

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US-CHINA RELATIONS AND REGIONAL ORDER

Ambassador Stapleton RoyDecember 10, 2014 -

4:30pm to 6:00pm

"US-China Relations and Regional Order" -- J. Stapleton Roy - Distinguished Scholar of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy is a Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Stape Roy was born in China and spent much of his youth there during the upheavals of World War II and the communist revolution, where he watched the battle for Shanghai from the roof of the Shanghai American School. He joined the US Foreign Service immediately after graduating from Princeton in 1956, retiring 45 years later with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the service. In 1978 he participated in the secret negotiations that led to the establishment of US-PRC diplomatic relations. During a career focused on East Asia and the Soviet Union, Stape’s ambassadorial assignments included Singapore, China, and Indonesia. His final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. On retirement he joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, before joining the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in September 2008 to head the newly created Kissinger Institute. In 2001 he received Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Public Service.

Ambassador Roy received a B.A., History, Princeton University; his post-graduate study of Mongolian language, history, and culture at the University of Washington; U.S. Army Russian Institute, Garmisch-Partenkirchen; distinguished graduate, National War College.

Location:  Bowl 2, Robertson Hall

Speaker(s):  J. Stapleton Roy

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CHINA 1945: MAO'S REVOLUTION AND AMERICA'S FATEFUL CHOICE

Richard Bernstein HeadshotMarch 4, 2015 - 4:30pm

A riveting account of the watershed moment in America’s dealings with China that forever altered the course of East-West relations.  As 1945 opened, America was on surprisingly congenial terms with China’s Communist rebels—their soldiers treated their American counterparts as heroes, rescuing airmen shot down over enemy territory. Chinese leaders talked of a future in which American money and technology would help lift China out of poverty. Mao Zedong himself held friendly meetings with U.S. emissaries, vowing to them his intention of establishing an American-style democracy in China. By year’s end, however, cordiality had been replaced by chilly hostility and distrust. Chinese Communist soldiers were setting ambushes for American marines in north China; Communist newspapers were portraying the United States as an implacable imperialist enemy; civil war in China was erupting. The pattern was set for a quarter century of almost total Sino-American mistrust, with the devastating wars in Korea and Vietnam among the consequences. 

Richard Bernstein here tells the incredible story of that year’s sea change, brilliantly analyzing its many components, from ferocious infighting among U.S. diplomats, military leaders, and opinion makers to the complex relations between Mao and his patron, Stalin. 

The talk will be followed by a book sale and signing. 

This talk is sponsored by the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School whose mission is to encourage research on China’s foreign relations and China within the international relations context 

Speaker(s):  Richard Bernstein -  Author and former Times Magazine Beijing Bureau Chief

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"ONE WORLD, ONE DREAM"? CHINA AND THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER - JISI WANG, TUNG GLOBAL SCHOLAR

April 8, 2015 - 4:30pm

President of Peking University's Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Professor Wang Jisi is known for his study of China's relations with the United States and international relations overall. He serves on top advisory boards for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party. He has taught at the Central Party School, the mid-career training ground for China's rising government leaders, and has been a mentor to many government officials in China as well as the next generation of Chinese foreign policy scholars. His core areas of expertise and extensive published work include American diplomacy, U.S.-China relations, and Chinese foreign policy. He is among a small number of Chinese scholars who have published articles in English, in publications such as Foreign Affairs and The American Interest.

This talk is sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program and the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School whose mission is to encourage research on China’s foreign relations and China within the international relations context.

Location:  Robertson Hall, Bowl 1

Speaker(s):  Jisi Wang - Tung Global Scholar

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DOMESTIC POLITICS AND THE CREDIBILITY OF U.S. PRESSURE OVER CHINA’S CURRENCY "MANIPULATION"

Jessica Weiss PhotoApril 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

How do domestic political pressures affect international monetary relations? Trade deficits often give rise to accusations of “currency manipulation” and legislative efforts to remedy these purported imbalances and unfair practices. This paper investigates the credibility of these coercive pressures and threats in the context of US-China relations and Chinese responses to US signals concerning the revaluation of the RMB. We argue that elections concentrate the attention of both the legislative and executive branch on normally diffuse concerns of the mass public about foreign economic competition. Analyzing several thousand statements and actions by US executive and legislative officials, we find legislative and executive signals often conflict and undermine the credibility of US pressure. However, we find that executive-legislative unanimity, particularly during election season, sends a strong signal of US resolve. Our quantitative and qualitative results show that political pressures can under certain conditions have an effect on exchange rate decisions.

Jessica Chen Weiss is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.  She is the author of Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations (Oxford University Press, 2014).  The dissertation on which it is based won the 2009 American Political Science Association Helen Dwight Reid Award for best dissertation in international relations, law and politics.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in International OrganizationChina Quarterly, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Uppsala University, Princeton-Harvard China & The World Program, Bradley Foundation, Fulbright-Hays program, and University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2008. Before joining the Yale faculty, she founded FACES, the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford, while an undergraduate at Stanford (B.A., 2003).

This talk is sponsored by the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School whose mission is to encourage research on China’s foreign relations and China within the international relations context. 

Location:  Robertson Hall, Bowl 2

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DO RISING POWERS KNOW THEY ARE RISING?: DOMESTIC BELIEFS AND RISING POWERS - MANJARI CHATTERJEE MILLER, BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Manjari headshotApril 9, 2015 - 4:30pm

Manjari Chatterjee Miller works on foreign policy and security issues in international relations with a focus on South and East Asia. She specializes in the foreign policy of rising powers India and China. Her book, Wronged by Empire: Post-Imperial Ideology and Foreign Policy in India and China, argues that the bitter history of colonialism affects the foreign policy behavior of India and China even today. She is interested in ideational influences on foreign policy and conceptions of state security. She is currently working on rising powers and the domestic ideational frameworks that explain their changing status.

Miller’s research has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Asian Security, Foreign Policy, the Indian Express and the Christian Science Monitor. Her work has been supported by grants from the East-West Center, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the South Asia Initiative, the Fairbank Center, the Woodrow Wilson School and, the US Department of Education.

Co-sponsored with the Center for International Security Studies.

Location:  Robertson Hall, Bowl 16

Speaker(s):  Manjari Chatterjee Miller  -  Boston University

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DOMESTIC POLITICS AND FOREIGN POLICY UNDER HU JINTAO AND XI JINPING

April 15, 2015 - 4:30pm

PictureSusan Shirk is the chair of the 21st Century China Program and Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Relations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at UC San Diego. She also is director emeritus of the University of California, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), and chair of the IGCC International Advisory Board. 

From 1997-2000, Shirk served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. She served as the director of IGCC 1991–1997, research director 2000–2006, and director 2006–2011. 

In 1993, she founded, and continues to lead, the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), a Track II forum for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials and academics from the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the Koreas.

Shirk's publications include her books, How China Opened Its Door: The Political Success of the PRC's Foreign Trade and Investment Reforms; The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China; Competitive Comrades: Career Incentives and Student Strategies in China; and China: Fragile Superpower. Her edited book, Changing Media, Changing China, was published in 2011. 

Shirk served as a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, the Board of Governors for the East-West Center (Hawaii), the Board of Trustees of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and an emeritus member of the Aspen Strategy Group. As Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group, Shirk assists private sector clients with issues related to China and East Asia. 

This talk is sponsored by the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School whose mission is to encourage research on China’s foreign relations and China within the international relations context 

Location:  Robertson Hall, Bowl 2

Speaker(s): Susan Shirk  -  Ho Miu Lam Endowed Chair in China and Pacific Relations; Chair, 21st Century China Program - UC San Diego

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CHINA'S MONETARY AMBITION: RENMINBI INTERNATIONALIZATION IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

Dr. Injoo Sohn PhotoApril 16, 2015 - 4:30pm

What is the international destiny of the renminbi (RMB)? Structural realists tend to claim the inevitability of RMB internationalization as a rising power will seek to extend the influence of its currency abroad. The liberal hype presupposes that reform-minded liberals have been in the driver’s seat of RMB internationalization, getting the Chinese economy to integrate into the West-centered liberal monetary order. These views are at best partially correct, but cannot provide complete explanations about the process, nature, and prospect of RMB internationalization.   This study argues that the process and nature of RMB internationalization represents political compromise between liberals and conservatives (or neo-mercantilists) in China. This study also identifies key similarities and differences among Germany of the 1930s, the United States of the 1960s, and today’s China in their currency internationalization. This mini-comparison will reveal important structural factors that may contribute to a slow path to full RMB internationalization, and the emergence of the hybrid model of China-centered monetary order in the East Asian region.  

Injoo Sohn is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. Trained as a political scientist and specialist on East Asia, Dr. Sohn’s research interests include Asian regional integration, Chinese foreign policy, and global economic governance. 

This talk is sponsored by the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School whose mission is to encourage research on China’s foreign relations and China within the international relations context.

Location:  Wallace Hall, Room 300

Audience:  Open to the Public

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