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How significant were the events of June 1989 in the broader span of recent Chinese history? How does the aftermath of the Beijing massacre help to explain events since then, including what is happening in Hong Kong today? How deep is the state-imposed amnesia about Tiananmen? What is the future of June Fourth Studies? Join authors Jeremy Brown and …
 
Since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, five men have principally shaped the ruling Chinese Communist Party and the nation: Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Xi Jinping. David Shambaugh analyzes the personal and professional experiences that shaped each leader and argues that their distinct leadership…
 
PanelistsJaw-Nian Huang, Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Development Studies, National Chengchi University, TaiwanLawrence Zi-Qiao Yang, Assistant Professor, Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, TaiwanKevin Wei Luo, Doctoral Fellow, Hou Family fellow in Taiwan Studies, Harvard Unive…
 
How did the People's Republic of China popularize basic legal knowledge after its founding in 1949? Jennifer Altehenger, Jessica Rawson Fellow in Modern Asian History and Associate Professor of Chinese History at the University of Oxford, explains how China's party-state attempted to mobilize ordinary citizens to learn laws during the early years o…
 
Speaker: Luke Patey, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International StudiesAt a time when many are fixated on US-China strategic competition, how will China’s relations with the rest of the world shape its future power? From its Belt and Road Initiative linking Asia and Europe, to its “Made in China 2025” strategy to dominate high-tech indus…
 
Speaker: Wang Jisi, Professor in the School of International Studies and president of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking UniversityWang Jisi is a professor in the School of International Studies and president of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies(IISS), Peking University(PKU). He is honorary president of …
 
Speaker: Xiaotong Feng, Ph.D. Candidate, Communication University of China; Fairbank Center Visiting ScholarDiscussant/Moderator: Michael Szonyi, Frank Wen-Hsiung Wu Memorial Professor of Chinese History; Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard UniversityIn the past few years, even the most optimistic scholars will not deny that Chin…
 
Speaker: Jessica Chen Weiss, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell UniversityHow does China’s domestic governance shape its foreign policy? What role do nationalism and ideology play in Beijing’s regional and global ambitions? The Chinese leadership has been at once a revisionist, defender, reformer, and free-rider in the international system—…
 
Speaker: Martin K. Whyte, John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Sociology, Emeritus, and former director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard UniversityAs the People’s Republic of China has pursued economic development over the decades, a central dilemma concerns how to treat its massive rural population, and the exte…
 
Speaker: Angela Zhang, Director of the Center for Chinese Law and Associate Professor, The University of Hong KongIn this webinar, Angela Zhang will discuss her new book Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism: How the Rise of China Challenges Global Regulation (Oxford University Press). This book examines the unique ways in which China regulates and is r…
 
Speaker: Taomo Zhou, Assistant Professor of History, Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeImmediately north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is China’s most successful Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Commonly known as the “social laboratory” of reform and opening, Shenzhen was the foremost frontier for the People’s Republic’s adoption of market principles…
 
Speaker: Eswar Prasad, Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy, Cornell University; Senior Fellow and New Century Chair in International Economics, Brookings Institution; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research.This lecture will discuss China’s economic prospects, policies, and reforms, and their implications for its role in intern…
 
Speaker: David Dollar, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings InstitutionChina has gotten COVID-19 under control and is poised to bounce back strongly with 8% growth in 2021. But in the medium term, it faces daunting domestic and external challenges. On the domestic side, demographic …
 
Speaker: Chang-Tai Hsieh, Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics and PCL Faculty Scholar, The University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessWe use administrative registration records with information on the owners of all Chinese firms to document the importance of “connected” investors, defined as state-owned firms or private owners wi…
 
Speaker: Sheena Greitens, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public AffairsSheena Chestnut Greitens is an associate professor at the LBJ School, as well as a faculty fellow with the Clements Center for National Security and a distinguished scholar with the Strauss Center for International Security and Law…
 
Speaker: M. Taylor Fravel, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyModerator: Andrew S. Erickson, Professor of Strategy, U.S. Naval War College China MaritimeStudies InstituteM. Taylor Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science an…
 
Speaker: E. Elena Songster, Professor of History, History Department, Saint Mary’s College of CaliforniaThe giant panda stumbled into ambassador work. Profoundly successful, its diplomatic roles multiplied and evolved, but its persistent existence as an animal repeatedly reframed its role as a diplomat and beyond. Songster discusses findings from h…
 
Speaker: Anne-Marie Brady, Professor, University of Canterbury, New ZealandProfessor Brady is a specialist of Chinese politics (domestic politics and foreign policy), polar politics, Pacific politics, and New Zealand foreign policy. She is a fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker. She is founding and executive editor of The Polar Journal (Taylor and Franc…
 
Speaker: Jean Oi, William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics, Department of Political Science; Director, Stanford China Program, Stanford UniversityChina’s rapidly growing local government debt (LGD) is now branded a “grey rhino,” a known threat that has received little attention. Why did Beijing let LGD get so out of hand? What are the sources of …
 
Speaker: Kerry Ratigan, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Amherst CollegeChina is widely known for its strong central government, but the center needs the provinces to implement policies using their knowledge of local conditions. However, provincial priorities sometimes conflict with those of the center. Drawing on research conducted for he…
 
Speakers:Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova, Head, China Studies Centre, Riga Stradins University; Head, New Silk Road Program, Latvian Institute of International AffairsBjörn Jerdén, Director, Knowledge Centre on China , Swedish Institute of International AffairsLuke Patey, Senior Researcher, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, Danish Institute for Intern…
 
Some states have always maintained a sense that they have a mission in the world well beyond the maintenance of domestic order, the United States, France and Britain among them. Japan, China and the Koreas also inherited a strong sense of purpose in the modern era, from Meiji modernization to Mao’s “Three Worlds” and the Belt and Road Initiative, i…
 
Speaker: Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, St. Cross College, University of OxfordDiscussant: Jie Li, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard UniversityLECTURE 2 OF 3: AN ERA OF EMOTION?One factor that defines Chinese engagement with the world today is its highly emotional character, in terms of…
 
Speaker: Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, St. Cross College, University of OxfordDiscussant: Odd Arne Westad, Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs, Yale UniversityLECTURE 1 OF 3: HOW NEW IS THE NEW ERA?China’s leaders speak today of a “new era” – but East Asia has seen a range of “new eras” in the modern …
 
Speaker: Andrew B. Liu, Assistant Professor of History, Villanova UniversityTea remains the world’s most popular commercial drink today, and at the turn of the twentieth century, it represented the largest export industry of both China and colonial India. In analyzing the global competition between Chinese and Indian tea, Andrew B. Liu challenges p…
 
Speaker: Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of MichiganPortrayals of China’s political economy tend to be divided, with one side depicting it as a Confucian-style meritocracy, and the other arguing that the regime is a kleptocracy. In fact, neither view is correct: in the Chinese officialdom, competence and corrupti…
 
Speaker: Andrea Ghiselli, Assistant Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan UniversityModerator: Robert Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College; Fairbank Center AssociateThe securitization of non-traditional security issues is a scarcely discussed and, yet, extremely powerful force that shapes the evoluti…
 
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