A host of China and foreign policy experts will gather Monday, May 24, for an all-day conference at UCLA aimed at exploring China's engagement with key global issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and climate change.
The conference, which will be held at UCLA's James West Alumni Center, also will address what adjustments the United States may have to make as China's influence grows.
The event's keynote speaker will be John Podesta, former White House chief of staff under President Clinton, co-chair of President Obama's transition team and now president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.–based Center for American Progress, which is sponsoring the event along with the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA's Center for Chinese Studies and the UCLA International Institute.
"Some of the most prestigious scholars and experts in this field will debate whether China will assume more of a leadership role in the future, and if so, whether it will choose to work within the existing system or seek to revamp it," said Burkle Center director Kal Raustiala.
The panels, Raustiala said, will look at China's engagement with key global issues today, such as the financial crisis and climate change, and at what the U.S. can do to ensure that China is a "responsible stakeholder."
Among the panelists and moderators are:
Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.)
Clark is a senior fellow at the Burkle Center who, during 34 years in the U.S. Army, rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He was a Democratic candidate for president in 2004.
Raustiala, director of the Burkle Center and a professor at the UCLA School of Law, holds a joint appointment with the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies.
Baum is a professor of political science at UCLA, former director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and author of "China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom" (University of Washington Press, 2010).
Hachigian is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, former National Security Council staff member and co-author of "The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise" (Simon & Schuster, 2010).
Economy, CV Starr senior fellow and director of Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, has published widely on both Chinese domestic and foreign policy, including her most recent book, "The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future" (Cornell University Press, 2004).
Stephen Krasner (opening keynote)
Krasner is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford University. From 2005 to 2007, he was director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State and a driving force behind foreign assistance reform designed to more effectively target American foreign aid.
Shirk is the Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Relations at UC San Diego's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the director of the UC system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. From 1997 to 2000, she served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia.
A full list of panelists and moderators can be found here.
Registration for the conference, which is open to the public, will begin at 8:30 a.m.; the program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. The online reservation deadline is Tuesday, May 18. General admission is $25, including lunch; student admission (with ID) is $10.