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Rethinking China’s International Relations: China and the World Program 20th Annual Conference

March 22 @ 9:00 am 5:15 pm

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies is proud to present the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program’s 20th Annual Conference, Rethinking China’s International Relations, which will convene a roster of experts from top universities for panel discussions on China’s global influence, its economic slowdown, the Belt and Road Initiative, and what China is learning from recent wars around the globe.

The China and the World Program is directed by Thomas J. Christensen, James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and Alastair Iain Johnston, Governor James Albert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs, Harvard University.

9:00 AM: Introduction: China and the World Program & Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Alastair Iain Johnston, Harvard University
Thomas J. Christensen, Columbia University
Mark Wu, Harvard University

9:15 AM: PANEL #1 – Measuring China’s ‘Influence’ in International Affairs
Audrye Wong, University of Southern California
Injoo Sohn, Seoul National University
Andrew Chubb, Lancaster University
Enze Han, Hong Kong University
Moderator: Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard University

11:00 AM: PANEL #2 – Foreign Policy Implications of the PRC’s Economic Slowdown
Hong Zhang, Harvard University
Yeling Tan, University of Oxford
Andrew Kennedy, Australian National University
Moderator: Meg Rithmire, Harvard University

Mid-day Break

1:30 PM: PANEL #3 – Prospects for the Belt and Road Initiative
Min Ye, Boston University
Adele Carrai, New York University
Eyck Freymann, Stanford University
Moderator: Rana Mitter, Harvard University

3:15 PM: PANEL #4 – What Chinese Leaders Are Learning from Recent Wars
Andrew Erickson, U.S. Naval War College
Dawn Murphy, National War College
Tyler Jost, Brown University
Moderator: Alexandra Vacroux, Harvard University
5:00 PM: Closing Remarks: Director, China and the World Program
Thomas J. Christensen, Columbia University

The day’s events are free with registration. Go to cwp.sipa.columbia.edu or https://forms.gle/pMRHYALvvaBEaLF87


March 22
9:00 am – 5:15 pm


Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies


CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010)

1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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