November Event Highlights

November 30, 2018

Where is China’s Economy Headed: An Update on China’s and Asian Economies

Neumann Event
Neumann Event

Dr. Frederic Neumann, Co-Head of Asian Economic Research and Managing Director of Global Research at HSBC, Hong Kong discussed the current state of the Chinese economy and if it has been or will be affected by U.S. tariffs, provided an in-depth analysis of the future of Asian economies, and offered insights into how the business community will be affected by these changes. The event was moderated by Dr. Evan Medeiros, Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies and Professor of Practice in the School of Foreign Service.

North Korean Denuclearization: A Case for Conditional Engagement

Dr. Cha and Dr. Park
Dr. Cha and Dr. Park

Dr. Cheol Hee Park, Professor of Japanese Studies and International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University, presented his argument for conditional engagement with North Korea and explained why the international community should engage North Korea through tougher and more principled negotiations to achieve their goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula. This event was moderated by Dr. Victor Cha, D.S. Song Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service.

Post-Conflict Reconstruction & Community Development: Indonesia and Afghanistan

Dr. Guggenheim
Dr. Guggenheim

Dr. Scott Guggenheim, SFS Centennial Fellow, former Senior Advisor to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and former Lead Social Specialist at the World Bank in Indonesia, described his approach to community development in Indonesia and Afghanistan and how to deepen and extend this model to other aspects of development. Dr. Guggenheim is seen as the pioneer of community driven development. This event was moderated by Dr. Yuhki Tajima, Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service and core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program.

U.S.-China Conference: Did the U.S. Get China Wrong?

US-China conference
US-China conference

The inaugural U.S.-China Conference: Did the U.S. Get China Wrong? featured leading scholars and practitioners on U.S.-China relations. This invitation only, off-the-record event featured multiple panels that approached U.S.-China relations from three different angles: foreign policy, economics, and academia to allow for a comprehensive discussion based around the central question “Did the U.S. Get China Wrong? This event, made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Michael Cling (F’98) and his family, highlights The Asian Studies Program’s continued commitment to researching and teaching the field of Asian Studies as well as expanding its programming and expertise on China.

Speakers at the event included:

Dr. Kurt Campbell, The Asia Group
Dr. Susan Shirk, The University of California, San Diego
Dr. Michael Green, Georgetown University
Dr. Evan Medeiros, Georgetown University
Professor Dennis Wilder, Georgetown University
Ms. Bonnie Glaser, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Mr. Charles Freeman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Mr. David Lipton, International Monetary Fund
Dr. Kristen Looney, Georgetown University
Dr. David Shambaugh, The George Washington University
Dr. Thomas Christensen, Columbia University
Dr. Avery Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Aaron Friedberg, Princeton University

Meeting with Former Japanese Vice Ministers

Meeting with Japanese former vice ministers
Meeting with Japanese former vice ministers

Former Vice Minister of Economy. Trade, and Industry, Kazumasa Kusaka, and former Vice Minister of Defense, Masanori Nishi, visited Georgetown University for a conversation with MASIA students and other invited guests. This event was moderated by Dr. Michael Green, Director of the Asian Studies Program and Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy. Topics of conversation included their experience working for the Japanese government, the current state of U.S.-Japan relations, regional stability, and the future of Asia.