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Author & researcher Robert Ross to explore U.S.-China relations at UW symposium

From a UW press release:

The University of Wyoming International Studies Scholars Lecture Series will sponsor a lecture and panel discussion on “Critical Issues in U.S.-China Relations 2008 and Beyond” Thursday, Oct. 16, from 3-5 p.m. in Room 129 of the UW Classroom Building.

Boston College Professor Robert Ross, an associate with Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, will be the keynote speaker. His current research focuses on Chinese security policy, with a focus on Chinese use of force and deterrence in East Asia and U.S.-China relations. Among his recent publications are “Normalization of U.S.-China Relations: An International History, Re-Examining the Cold War: U.S.-China Diplomacy, 1954-1973,” and New Directions in the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy.”

Ross’s books and articles have been translated in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and various European countries. He is on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and a member of the Academic Advisory Group, U.S.-China Working Group, United States Congress, the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Panel members include Jean A. Garrison, director of International Studies and UW associate professor of political science whose expertise focuses on U.S.-China relations and energy security; Yan Quan from Shanghai University, whose expertise focuses on China-Taiwan relations and China government policy; and Winberg Chai, UW political science professor and expert on China, East Asia and U.S.-China Relations.

“U.S.-China relations remain volatile with highs represented by the post 9/11 partnership in the global war on terror to lows represented by ongoing trade disputes and a creeping ‘Cold Warism’ emerging over the competition for resources,” Garrison says. “No bilateral relationship is more important to the U.S., but the relationship with China seems rife with misunderstanding.”

She says the program and panel will examine the implications of China’s rising power and a range of policy issues: Taiwan, energy security, and trade issues important to U.S. foreign policy. The opportunities and challenges the next administration will face as it forges its China policy will be explored.

This program is part of the International Studies Institute of Global Affairs initiative, co-sponsored by International Programs and the Milward L. Simpson Fund in Political Science. For more information, contact Garrison, (307) 766-6119, e-mail garrison@uwyo.edu.

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