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"Curbing Inequality"
Jan. 24, 2018 | Register
What is the case for curbing income inequality in the U.S. and other nations? How would doing so affect economic growth around the world? Do we have the policy and business tools to address inequality? Eduardo Porter, economic scene columnist at The New York Times, will discuss the power and limits of redistribution and assess other tools to mitigate inequality in market incomes.

Sokwanlok Lecture: "Infrastructure Investment as a Development Strategy"
Jan. 29, 2018 | Register
China's model of state-led development differs both from Western approaches and also from its East Asian neighbors' industrial policies by focusing single-mindedly on infrastructure investment. This strategy was pursued both inside China and is the basis for its ambitious "One Belt, One Road" initiative. In the third Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China, Francis Fukuyama, who has written widely on issues in development and international politics, will focus on the economic logic, functioning, and vulnerabilities of this approach to development in this lecture.

"North Korea's Nuclear Program: From an Intelligence Perspective"
Feb. 7, 2018 | Register
Recent foment over North Korean nuclear tests and missile launches exist in a context going back decades when the intelligence community first warned U.S. policymakers of North Korea’s nuclear weapons potential in 1984. North Korea continued to resist safeguards on its program and refused to fully answer questions about its past nuclear activities. Join us as Torrey Froscher, who served in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Intelligence for 35 years with a particular focus on proliferation, will discuss how the intelligence community played a critical role all along the way—including identification of the uranium enrichment program that led to the end of the Agreed Framework.

"Rethinking the War on Drugs and U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation"
Feb. 9, 2018 | Register
Join us for an international conference, in partnership with the University of San Diego Justice in Mexico Program, to examine Mexico's security challenges, evaluate the status of current U.S.-Mexico security cooperation and propose practical solutions for policymakers in the U.S. and Mexico.

"China-Mongolia Relations and Taiwan"
Feb. 15, 2018 | Register
Morris Rossabi, professor and historian of China and Central and Inner Asia at Columbia University, will discuss the present status of Sino-Mongol political, economic and cultural relations, and will seek to assess the future of Mongolia's contacts with China and Taiwan.

"Silicon Valley’s China Paradox"
Feb. 22, 2018 | Register
Since China's first Internet connections in the 1990s, the relationship between China and Silicon Valley has moved through four phases – dependence, competition, segmentation and synergy. Matt Sheehan, former China correspondent for The Huffington Post and The WorldPost, argues that the relationship has arrived at a counter-intuitive new equilibrium, one in which the flows of talent, money and ideas between the two ecosystems are at an all-time high, even while companies and products remain stubbornly confined to their own markets.

"Europe-China Relations: New Realities and Implications for the U.S."
Feb. 26, 2018 | Register
Going beyond trade and investment relations, Beijing is increasingly exercising political influence and creating new dividing lines in Europe. Some observers in Washington see Europe drifting into the Chinese orbit. Mikko Huotari (German) and Philippe Le Corre (French) are two leading experts on Europe-China relations and will discuss with 21st Century China Center Chair Susan Shirk the state of play of Europe-China relations, how the EU and its member states position itself vis-a-vis China and the prospects for transatlantic coordination on China.

"Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom"
March 8, 2018 | Register
Drawing on personal letters, diaries, memoirs, government documents and contemporary news reports, John Pomfretreconstructs the surprising, tragic and marvelous ways Americans and Chinese have engaged with one another through the centuries.

"The Return of Religion and China’s Future"
March 21, 2018 | Register
What does the return of religion mean for China’s future? Acclaimed journalist and writer Ian Johnson will try to answer this question in the Sixth Annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture. Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times and other publications.

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