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2024 Events

January 16th, 2024 • 9:30 AM EDT

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."

David Daokui LI • China's World View

Demystifying China to Prevent Global Conflict

A distinguished Chinese economist offers a timely, essential exploration of China’s perspective on economy, government, society, and its position in the world.

Purchase the book HERE

January 17th, 2023 • 9:30 AM EDT

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).

January 24th, 2024 • 9:30 AM EDT

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.

Paul Sheard • The Power Of Money

How Governments and Banks Create Money and Help Us All Prosper

In The Power of Money, economist Paul Sheard distills what money is, how it comes into existence, and how it interacts with the real economy.

Purchase the book HERE

February 1st 2024 • 9:30 AM EDT

Shehzad Qazi - Will China's Economy Fall off a Cliff?

World's biggest property developer, China's Evergrande (1300 housing projects in 280 cities, liabilities of $300 billion) ordered to liquidate by Hong Kong court. What next for China's markets/credibility. China's economy still wobbly, what about consumer sentiment/demand and govt. stimulus? "Corporate credit demand remained dull even as loan rates continued to decline, further confirmation that China’s monetary policy tools remain insufficient to stimulate domestic demand," according to China Beige Book. We speak to CBB's Chief Operating Officer about why hasn't China done more to stimulate the economy and the markets?

SHEHZAD QAZI • 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.

February 20th, 2024 • 9:30 AM EDT

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.

Peter Cloutier • What We Were Making

A #1 Amazon Bestseller, Peter Cloutier's "What We Were Making" is a must-read for those who love ocean adventures, political thrillers, romance, or coming-of-age stories!

When the lives of two expatriates intersect at the edge of civilization, opportunity, duty and deception collide. Jane is a budding ambassador of heightened motivation, insight, and curiosity. Relentless in her pursuit of justice, ethics, and the common good, her life lacks love. Enter Bill, an adrenaline-fueled waterman who lives breath to breath, wave to wave, and fish to fish. A schoolteacher by day, he embodies the island life but without partnership. When catastrophe unfolds, the two must respond to those in need while attempting to dismantle the deeper collusion around them. In the end, the only winners are those who have the resilience to stand.

Purchase the book HERE

February 27th, 2024 • 2:00 PM EDT

Elena Noor - S. E. Asia in the U.S./China Balance of Power

Elina Noor is Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A native of Malaysia, Elina’s work focuses on security developments in Southeast Asia, global governance and technology, and preventing/countering violent extremism.

Previously, Elina was Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Prior to that, she was Director, Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia. She was also formerly with the Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. Between 2017 and 2019, Elina was a member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. She currently serves on the ICRC’s Global Advisory Board on digital threats during conflict.

Elina read law at Oxford University. She obtained an LL.M (Public International Law) from The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, graduating with distinction at the top of her class. A recipient of the Perdana (Malaysian Prime Minister’s) Fellowship, she also holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University where she was a Women in International Security Scholar.

March 6th, 2024 • 9:30 AM EDT

Jorge Heine - Role for Latin America In U.S.-China Competition?

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a research professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, and a Wilson Center global fellow. He was previously ambassador of Chile to China ( 2014-2017), to India ( 2003-2007) and to South Africa ( 1994-1999), and a Cabinet minister in the Chilean government. A past VP of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), he was CIGI Professor of Global Governance at Wilfrid Laurier University, and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He has held visiting appointments at the universities of Konstanz, Oxford, Paris and Tsinghua, and has published 16 books, including The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (OUP, 2013,2015).

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