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Polaris Live: September Schedule

Welcome to PolarisLive’s 2nd year. . It is a pleasure for me to announce our September 2021 guest lineup and some programming changes that you will notice during the next year.

First the changes. They are a direct result of feedback from you, our viewers.

Beginning this month you will occasionally see someone else in the host’s chair. This will let us broaden the perspective of the informed and forthright conversation you have come to expect from PolarisLive. In a way this is like the “by invitation” guest columns in forward-thinking media. Another innovative step in PolarisLive’s leadership in exploring the most consequential relationship of our time–that between the United States and China.

We will also move to a bi-weekly format to give more depth to understanding the topic that is being illuminated. But we do this with an entrepreneurial caveat—whenever current events dictate PolarisLive will add an episode between the bi-weekly lineup that is sent to you at the beginning of each month.

We have changed the umbrella title for PolarisLive from “A China Agenda for President Biden,” to “The United States and China in the World.” The former title was a prelude to my report “The Telegram: A China Agenda for President Biden,” for the Foreign Policy Association (FPA)–which you can download from my website. Now we widen the aperture to take in the increasing complexity of the U.S. – China relationship. Think the American departure from Afghanistan and its impact on U.S.-India-Pakistan-China; increased complexity is an understatement, By the way, PolarisLive will explore the Afghan development through U.S., China, India, and Pakistan perspectives during October. Watch out for the announcements.

14 September 2021 8AM-9AM ET

An interview with Shan Weijian: Is China’s Communist Party jealous of its Capitalists?
On September 14, Shan Weijian, Chairman and CEO of PAG, one of Asia’s most influential private-equity firms, returns to PolarisLive to discuss the apparent turmoil in China’s giant financial-technology marketplace. What’s behind the last minute cancellation of large Chinese IPO’s on Wall Street. Is President Xi Jinping trying to bring China’s red-hot capitalism to heel? Is the Western media reporting these events accurately? Is Wall Street’s position as the world’s financial center in danger?

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21 September 2021 9:30AM-10:30AM ET
Prof. Li Xing, on “The Telegram: The United States and China in the World.”
On September 21 (see we’ve broken the bi-weekly format rule already!) Professor Xing Li, of Aalborg University, Denmark, takes over as PolarisLive’s host to question me about my analysis of the FPA report and especially its more controversial recommendations for large joint China-U.S. projects to ease the hostility between them. EG: the U.S. should use Wall Street money, American workers, and China’s expertise to rebuild American infrastructure.

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28 September 2021 1PM-2PM ET
Suzanne Nielsen, Colonel U.S. Army on “The Telegram: The United States and China in the World.”
On September 28, Suzanne Nielsen, Department Chair of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s famous Department of Social Studies (SOSH) takes over as host (in a personal capacity) to review the FPA report. Colonel Nielsen is one of the brightest thinkers in U.S. national security circles, and you won’t want to miss this episode.

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Polaris Live: Foreign Policy Association Report Schedule

With a new American President and Administration there is an opportunity to recalibrate U.S. grand strategy for China to reflect today’s reality of two superpowers, with diametrically opposed governance ideologies, who have no choice but to co-exist. A new learning experience for both. POLARIS-LIVE invites leading experts and authors from the U.S., Asia, the EU, and around the world to converse with host Sarwar KASHMERI about their thoughts re what should be a 21st Century U.S. grand strategy for China. This schedule presents the dates/times/links to join the 40 minutes live programs through the end of June 2021. Each episode will be archived on the Polaris-Live channel and may also be accessed by the same links shown below.

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19 July 2021 5PM-6PM ET • ChinaFPA Live: FPA Report Release “A China Agenda for the Biden Administration” in conversation with Ryan Hass, Brookings Institution
Please join us for the official launch of this important FPA report, “A China Agenda for the Biden Administration,” published by FPA Fellow Sarwar Kashmeri. This report was informed by conversations held on Polaris-Live between January and May 2021 with leading U.S.-China experts from Asia, the EU, and the U.S. about their thoughts regarding what should be key agenda items that they would propose to President Biden’s team to improve the relationship between the two superpowers. Kashmeri’s narrative draws upon these expert views from across the political spectrum and from around the world.
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21 July 2021 8:30PM-9:30PM ET • FPA Asia Report Release “A China Agenda for the Biden Administration” in conversation with Kishore Mahbubani, National University of Singapore.
Please join us for the Asia launch of “A China Agenda for the Biden Administration” report; a conversation between Professor Kishore Mahbubani, noted author, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore, and Sarwar Kashmeri, publisher of the report.
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A China Agenda for Biden: June Schedule

With a new American President and Administration there is an opportunity to recalibrate U.S. grand strategy for China to reflect today’s reality of two superpowers, with diametrically opposed governance ideologies, who have no choice but to co-exist. A new learning experience for both. POLARIS-LIVE invites leading experts and authors from the U.S., Asia, the EU, and around the world to converse with host Sarwar KASHMERI about their thoughts re what should be a 21st Century U.S. grand strategy for China. This schedule presents the dates/times/links to join the 40 minutes live programs through the end of June 2021. Each episode will be archived on the Polaris-Live channel and may also be accessed by the same links shown below.

Please join us for these special interviews every Tuesday on Polaris-Live with your host, Sarwar Kashmeri.

1 June 2021 1030 ET • Development & Security in China’s Foreign Policy
Professor Matt FERCHEN, Head of Global China Research at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin, and a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, where he runs the China and the Developing World Program. What should be the U.S. response to the China model of development – The Belt and Road Initiative.
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8 June 2021 2130 ET • Geopolitics of Trade and Regional Integration in East Asia
Professor Juita MOHAMAD, Fellow in the Economics, Trade and Regional Integration (ETRI) Division of ISIS Malaysia, a key country in East Asia’s 21st Century economic power structure. Dr. Mohamad will add a critically important voice to better understand how the U.S. — China strategic competition is viewed in one of East Asia’s most dynamic economies.
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15 June 2021 1030 ET • A Cultural Anthropologist’s View of the Geopolitics of the U.S. & China
Professor Carol MCGRANAHAN, University of Colorado, a leading Cultural Anthropologist will help Polaris-Live viewers view the U.S. – China eye ball to eye ball competition: Might the strategic competition between the U.S. and China center on issues of colonialism, how rising powers behave, the surprise at how quickly China has risen from the cultural revolution and surprise at the speed that an economy that produced nothing but poverty, has transformed itself to what it is today? A feeling among some that China is bent on dominating the world?
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22 June 2021 0930 ET • Among the Uighurs in Xinjiang, China
Professor Michele Geraci returns to Polaris-live to speak about his recent visit to Xinjiang and his conversations with the Uighur Muslim minority. Is China really involved in Genocide there? massive human rights violations? A first hand account from the Mandarin speaking former Under Secretary of State for the Italian Ministry of Economic Development..
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A China Agenda for Biden: May Schedule

With a new American President and Administration there is an opportunity to recalibrate or fine-tune U.S. strategy for China to reflect today’s reality. Over the course of February, March, and April 2021 leading experts from Asia, the EU, and the U.S. will converse with Polaris-Live host Sarwar Kashmeri, under the auspices of the Foreign Policy Association, about their thoughts re what should be key agenda items that they would propose to President Biden’s team. This schedule presents the dates/times/links to join the 40 minutes live programs through the end of March 2021. Each episode will be archived on the Polaris-Live channel and may also be accessed by the same links shown below. The FPA will publish a report mid-year 2021 to summarize the conversations and distribute it in printed and PDF formats.

Please join us for these special interviews every Tuesday on Polaris-Live with your host, Sarwar Kashmeri.

4 May 2021 0930 ET
Ryan Hass is the author of “Stronger: Adapting America’s China Strategy in an Age of Competitive Interdependence,” March 2021. He is a senior fellow and the Michael H. Armacost Chair in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, where he holds a joint appointment to the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. From 2013 to 2017, Hass served as the director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia at the National Security Council (NSC) staff. In that role, he advised President Obama and senior White House officials on all aspects of U.S. policy toward China, Taiwan, and Mongolia, and coordinated the implementation of U.S. policy toward this region.
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11 May 2021 1030 ET
Jonathan Fulton is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has written widely on China-Middle East relations for both academic and popular publications. He is the author of the China’s Relations with the Gulf Monarchies and co-editor of External Power and the Gulf Monarchies.
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18 May 2021 0930 ET
David Denoon is professor of politics and economics at New York University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), the Asia Society, the U.S.-Indonesia Society, and is Co-Chairman of the Columbia University Faculty Seminar on Southeast Asia. He is also chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of Great Decisions, and the author of 7 books including Real Reciprocity: Balancing U.S. Economic and Security Policy in the Pacific Basin.
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25 May 2021 1030 ET
Meenakshi AHAMED is a freelance journalist and has written on American foreign policy for publications such as Foreign Policy, The Asian Age, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Seminar. She was the London correspondent for NDTV from 1989-1996. Meenakshi holds a post-graduate degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in development economics and public health. She is based in Washington, DC and New York City.
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A China Agenda for Biden: April Schedule

With a new American President and Administration there is an opportunity to recalibrate or fine-tune U.S. strategy for China to reflect today’s reality. Over the course of February, March, and April 2021 leading experts from Asia, the EU, and the U.S. will converse with Polaris-Live host Sarwar Kashmeri, under the auspices of the Foreign Policy Association, about their thoughts re what should be key agenda items that they would propose to President Biden’s team. This schedule presents the dates/times/links to join the 40 minutes live programs through the end of March 2021. Each episode will be archived on the Polaris-Live channel and may also be accessed by the same links shown below. The FPA will publish a report mid-year 2021 to summarize the conversations and distribute it in printed and PDF formats.

Please join us for these special interviews every Tuesday on Polaris-Live with your host, Sarwar Kashmeri.

6 April 2021 09:30 ET
Li Xing, Professor Department of Politics and Society, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanity, Aalborg University, Denmark. His research interests and teaching areas include international political economy, international relations, emerging powers and world order. In recent years, apart from publishing numerous international and Chinese journal articles, he has edited a number of book series on the theme of the rise of China/emerging powers and the existing world order.
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13 April 2021 07:30 ET
Yan Xuetong, President Management Board–Carnegie-Tsinghua Center Global Policy. He is one of China’s leading experts on China’s foreign policy, national security, and U.S.-China relations. At Tsinghua University, he is dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations.
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20 April 2021 09:30 ET
Lynette H. Ong is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, jointly appointed at the Asian Institute and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her research interests are authoritarian politics, contentious politics and the political economy of development. She is an expert of China and Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore and Malaysia.
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27 April 2021 10:00 ET
Paul Haenle holds the Maurice R. Greenberg Director’s Chair at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Haenle served as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama prior to joining Carnegie.
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