November Event Highlights

This November, The Asian Studies Program hosted a full program of events featuring notable Asia experts and highlighting The Asian Studies Program’s continued commitment to researching and teaching the field of Asian Studies. Please read below to learn more about November’s events.


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

Fred Neumann eventDr. 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

Cheol Hee Park and Victor ChaDr. 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

Scott Guggenheim and Yuhki TajimaDr. 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?

U.S. China ConferenceThe 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

Japanese Vice MinistersFormer 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.