Susan Shirk, former Deputy Asst. Secy. for China, to speak, March 10
Department:China and the World Program
Audience:Open to the Public
Susan Shirk, a professor of political science at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego and former deputy assistant secretary for China at the U.S. State Department, will present a pubic talk at the Woodrow Wilson School titled "China: Fragile Superpower," at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.
Susan Shirk is a professor of political science at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego and director of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. Shirk first traveled to China in 1971 and has been doing research there ever since.
During 1997-2000, Shirk 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.
In 1993 she founded and continues to lead the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), an unofficial “track-two” forum for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials and academics from the United States, Japan, China, Russia and the Koreas.
Shirk’s publications include her books, How China Opened Its Door: The Political Success of the PRC’s Foreign Trade and Investment Reforms; The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China; and Competitive Comrades: Career Incentives and Student Strategies in China. Her latest book, China: Fragile Superpower, was published by Oxford University Press in Spring 2007.
Shirk served as a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, the Board of Governors for the East-West Center (Hawaii), the Board of Trustees of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an emeritus member of the Aspen Strategy Group. As Senior Adviser to The Albright Group, Shirk advises private sector clients on China and East Asia.
This event is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. It is part of the series “U.S. Policy and the Rise of China,” and is free and open to the public.