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The third lecture in the series Rising China: Past Reforms, Current Challenges, and New Directions
Presented by Jessica Chen Weiss, Michael J. Zak Professor for China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Cornell University

“A World Safe for Autocracy? Domestic Politics, Chinese Foreign Policy, and the Future of the International Order”

Beneath Xi Jinping’s grand slogans of a “Chinese dream” and a “shared future for humankind,” there are internal tensions, debates, and interests that compete to shape China’s approach to the world. Through the lens of domestic politics, nationalism, and regime insecurity in China, Weiss will examine the evolving and contested landscape of what “China” wants. The talk will conclude with reflections on tensions with the United States and across the Taiwan Strait, prospects for peaceful coexistence, and the future of the international order.

Jessica Chen Weiss is the Michael J. Zak Professor for China and Asia-Pacific Studies in the department of government at Cornell University. From August 2021 to July 2022, she served as senior advisor to the secretary's policy planning staff at the US State Department on a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars (IAF-TIRS). Weiss is the author of Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations. Her research appears in International OrganizationChina Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict ResolutionSecurity StudiesJournal of Contemporary China, and Review of International Political Economy, as well as in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Quarterly. Weiss was previously an assistant professor at Yale University and founded FACES, the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford University. Born and raised in Seattle, she received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Walter Krause Economics Lecture Fund and the Reed College economics department.

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