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January 16th 9:30 AM EST – David Daokui LI – Demystifying China’s World View

David Daokui LI is Professor of Economics and Director of the Academic Center for Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking, Tsinghua University. He is former Chief Economist of the New Development Bank. Professor Li is a leading Chinese economist.

He also served as the founding Dean of the Schwarzman College of Tsinghua University from 2014 to 2017. His research and teaching cover a wide range of economic fields, including government and economics, economic development, comparative economics, and the Chinese economy.

He is the author of “China’s World View: Demystifying China to Prevent Global Conflict.”

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January 17th 9:30 AM EST – Dewi Fortuna Anwar – ASEAN, Global South & New World Order

Dewi Fortuna Anwar Straddles the world of academia, political activism and government. She is a Research Professor at the Research Centre for Politics-National Research and Innovation Agency (PRP-BRIN).

She has written widely on Indonesia’s foreign policy, Indonesia’s democratization as well as on ASEAN and regional political and security issues. She is an Academician of the Social Science Commission-Indonesian Academy of Sciences; Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Habibie Center, and co-founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia. She served as the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities- Indonesian Institute of Sciences and was Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs and then Deputy for Government Policy Support to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia.

Dewi was the Kippenberger Visiting Chair at Victoria University, Wellington; Distinguished Visiting Professor at the RSIS, Nanyang Technological University Singapore,; Visiting Fellow at CSEAS, Kyoto University; and a Visiting Professor at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.

Dewi sits and has sat in a number of national and international advisory boards and was a Governing Board member of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

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January 24th 9:30 AM EST – Paul Sheard – U.S. and China in a New World Order

Dr. Paul Sheard, an Australian American economist, is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling business book, The Power of Money: How Governments and Banks Create Money and Help Us All Prosper (Matt Holt Books). He is a former Vice Chairman of S&P Global and a former Senior Fellow and Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.

He held chief economist positions at S&P Global, Nomura Securities, and Lehman Brothers, and was Japan Strategist at Baring Asset Management and was appointed by two prime ministers to serve on advisory committees of the Japanese Government. A member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Sheard sits on the board of the Foreign Policy Association.

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February 1st 9:30 AM EST – Shehzad Qazi – Will China’s Economy Fall off a Cliff?

Shehzad Qazi is Chief Operating Officer, @ChinaBeigeBook. As the firm-wide operations lead, Shehzad oversees product innovation, client services, new business acquisition, and corporate strategy at China Beige Book International. Shehzad is a frequent guest on major national news networks including CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN and speaks regularly at investor conferences. His articles have appeared in Barron’s, Foreign Policy, and Huffington Post among other publications. He is an elected member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

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February 20th 9:30 AM EST – Peter Cloutier – Winning Hearts & Minds: China 10 U.S. 0

Peter Cloutier is a foreign service officer serving as a research professor at Joint Special Operations University, Tampa, Florida. His research focuses on illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and natural resource extraction, climate security, and innovative joint, interagency, intergovernmental, multinational, and commercial (JIIM-C) networking. His book “What We Were Making,” is an Amazon best-seller.

He has 12 years of strategic technical direction for over $1 billion of foreign assistance in post-conflict ‘hardship’ countries with proven impact in transformational leadership.

He has advised a Head of State, authored transformative USG strategies, worked for a Pacific Island government, and was the first USG representative on the ground after the second-deadliest tropical cyclone recorded in the Southern Hemisphere struck Mozambique in 2019.

His last full post overseas was as USAID’s Health Office Director overseeing the partnership with the Government of Mozambique in which he won two Superior Honor Awards for helping lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to unprecedented performance. He supervised one of USAID’s largest offices with 63 staff and an annual budget of over $200 million.

He has frequently served as the development partner interface with host country leadership for more state-societal unity in health, justice, natural resource management, and governance in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Angola, and Timor-Leste. He has led partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Defense, NOAA, Treasury, MCC, and State. He has supported and leveraged interorganizational efforts with the United Nations, the World Bank, and regional development banks.

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February 27th 2:00 PM EST – Elina Noor – S. E. Asia in the U.S./China Balance of Power

Elina Noor is a senior fellow in the Asia Program at Carnegie where she focuses on developments in Southeast Asia, particularly the impact and implications of technology in reshaping power dynamics, governance, and nation-building in the region.

The global landscape is shifting as the power dynamics between South-East Asia, the U.S., and China continue to evolve. These changes are reshaping the world order and influencing international relations on a grand scale.

Will the countries of the global south, especially the dynamic nations of South-East Asia, with a population of some 700 million people, have to choose between the two superpowers? How will China and the U.S. fine-tune their strategies to accommodate the needs of these nations? What will be the impact of this shift in global geostrategic balance on the existing Western led global order?

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March 20th 11:00 AM EST – Jorge Heine – Role for Latin America In U.S.-China Competition?

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a lawyer, IR scholar and diplomat with a special interest in the international politics of the Global South. Ambassador Heine is Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Interim Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

The global landscape is shifting as the power dynamics between Latin America, U.S., and China continue to evolve. These changes are reshaping the world order and influencing international relations on a grand scale.

Will the the countries of Latin America with a population of over 430 million people, have to choose between the two superpowers? How will China and the U.S. fine-tune their strategies to accommodate the impact of technology and the emergence of the global south? What will be the impact of this shift in global geostrategic balance on the existing Western-led global order?

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April 2nd 9:30 AM EDT – Luv Puri – India’s Bollywood elections – Donald Trump’s envy!

India’s Bollywood elections must be the envy of Donald Trump — Lock up the opposition and freeze its bank accounts–the “largest democracy in the world” goes to the poll in a Bollywood inspired election that is about to roll across India.
A frank appraisal of a fast changing India from an international, experienced Indian observer.

Luv Puri has been working in the field of International Affairs for two-decades, both as a practitioner and an analyst. He was with the UN Department of Political Affairs for ten years, during which period he worked at the highest levels of multilateral diplomacy, including as part of the Secretary-General’s Good Offices. He started his career working with the widely-read and respected daily, The Hindu where he reported on conflict areas with a focus on issues related to Human Rights for several years. In 2006, he won the European Commission Award for Human Rights and Democracy.

At present, he is a columnist on International Affairs for several widely-read publications ( Puri). He has authored two books, including -“Across the Line of Control” -, published by Columbia University Press. and was a Fulbright Scholar from 2008-10. He did his Masters in New York University.

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U.S.- China Relations A Foreign Policy Association Broadcast

The event is the Dame Jillian Sackler Distinguished Lecture on U.S.-China Relations. We are joined by Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, former United States Ambassador to China; Dr. Paul G. Clifford, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Havard Kennedy School; and Professor Sarwar Kashmeri; FPA Fellow and author of The Telegram II: The Business of America and China is Business.

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