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China and the Environment: A Conversation

Monday, 31 March 2014
Three leading experts discussed the importance of looking to the past in order to address China’s present environmental situation. Peter Perdue, professor of history at Yale University, spoke about China’s long environmental history, focusing on the need to present a “longer term view” of China and the world’s environmental challenges. The good news is there is information in the past that we may be able to learn from. However, he concluded with the bad news that environmental crises are deep seeded and very hard to reverse. Micah Muscolino, associate professor of history at Georgetown University, focused on the need to incorporate many disciplines and all regions of the world into the discussion of environmental history. In his research, he has looked at the legacies of how people in China have perceived and responded to environmental change; these legacies will “shape the options available to China as well as the rest of the world, as we grapple with environmental change on a global scale.” He concluded by asserting that “literally everything in China’s history has environmental components,” emphasizing the need to make it a central focus of the discipline and the present discussion of China’s environmental challenges. Isabel Hilton, the editor of Chinadialogue, spoke about the potential role the journalism profession would play in addressing environmental problems in China. While there is political will to confront the environmental issues and a number of laws have been created in China, enforcement of top-down policies is likely to fail “without the proper horizontal checks and balances.” She said there must be freedom of the press and social media for society’s efforts to fight pollution to be effective. Eugenia Lean, associate professor of Chinese history, served as moderator for this event.
Co-sponsored with WEAI and CJEB

KORUS FTA at Two Years  
Thursday, 13 March 2014
The Korea Society, NYC
Speaker: Tami Overby, Vice President, Asia Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; President, U.S.-Korea Business Council
Moderator: Nikita Desai, Director, Policy & Corporate Programs

Organized by The Korea Society

Integrating the Cambodian Genocide into Global Narratives of Genocide

Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Ben Kiernan
A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History; Director of the Genocide Studies Program; Chair, Council on Southeast Asia Studies
Yale University
Moderated by
Jayne Werner, Research Scholar, WEAI

Co-sponsored with WEAI and EALAC

Japan and the World 

Dean’s Lecture Series

Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), in coordination with Columbia Business School’s Center on Japanese Economy and Business, hosted a lecture and discussion with Kenichiro Sasae, Japan’s Ambassador to the United States. The event, moderated by Merit E. Janow, Dean and Professor of Professional Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs at SIPA, was part of the Dean’s Lecture Series. Ambassador Sasae talked briefly about Abenomics, but then focused on trade relations between the United States and Japan.  His remarks ranged from the 1990s, when he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dean Janow was deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for Japan and China, through to the current status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and how this would affect political and security relations with the United States and China. Full Report available.
Co-sponsored with SIPA and CJEB

APEC Briefing 2013-14: China Takes the Reins 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014
The Asia Society, NY  

Speakers: Peter A. Petri, Carl Shapiro Professor of International Finance, Brandeis International Business School; Robert S. Wang (invited), U.S. Senior Official for APEC; Ann Weeks, Vice President of Global Government Affairs, Underwiters Laboratories (UL); Monica Whaley, President, National Center for APEC

Moderator: Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society.

Co-presented by the Asia Society and the National Center for APEC



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