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2007 USC Global Conference

The 2007 USC Global Conference held in Tokyo, Japan explores the opportunities and challenges facing the Pacific Rim.

October 25, 2007 12:00am to October 27, 2007 12:00am

Challenges Across the Pacific Rim:
With global dynamics shifting, the Pacific Rim is playing an increasingly prominent role on the world stage.  Our experts will offer insights into new opportunities in industry and urban planning, while also exploring the challenges that come with rapidly changing economies and societies.  Challenges can become promising new pathways for those with knowledge, understanding and a plan for responding to sudden changes in economics, demography, politics and the natural environment.

Speakers on China Panel Include:

Clayton Dube is Associate Director of the USC U.S.-China Institute, which aims to enhance understanding of the 21st century’s definitive and multidimensional relationship through cutting-edge social science research, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, extensive and influential public events, and professional development efforts. He was previously the UCLA Asia Institute’s Assistant Director. During his tenure there, he headed the Asian studies teacher training program and oversaw a variety of instructional, research, and outreach initiatives. Among the projects he directed were two student-driven web publications, AsiaMedia and Asia Pacific Arts, each of which now has more than one million readers annually. Dube’s research has focused on how economic and political change in China since 1900 affected the lives of people in small towns. He teaches Chinese, Asian, and world history and has received teaching awards from three universities. He served as associate editor for Modern China, an academic quarterly, from 1998 to 2002. Dube first visited China in 1982, living and working there for three years. He has returned many times to carry out fieldwork and to lead study tours.

Daniel Lynch is Associate Professor of International Relations at USC. His current research focuses on how Chinese intellectual and political elites are thinking qualitatively about China's future, in five different areas: domestic politics, international role, the techno-economy, state management of culture, and the environment. He is the author of numerous articles and two books: Rising China and Asian Democratization: Socialization to "Global Culture" in the Political Transformations of Thailand, China, and Taiwan (Stanford University Press, 2006), and After the Propaganda State: Media, Politics, and "Thought Work" in Reformed China (Stanford University Press, 1999). Prof. Lynch earned his doctorate at the University of Michigan and is a member of the USC U.S.-China Institute. 

Shen Dingli, a physicist by training, is a professor of international relations at Fudan University. He is the Executive Dean of Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, and Director of the University’s Center for American Studies. He is also the founder and director of China's first non-governmental Program on Arms Control and Regional Security. Prof. Shen’s research focuses on the China-U.S. security relationship, nuclear arms control and disarmament, nuclear weapons policy of the United States and China, regional nonproliferation issues concerning South Asia, Northeast Asia and Middle East, test ban, missile defense, export control, as well as China’s foreign and defense policies. He has co-edited China’s Development Report, China and South Asian Relations in the 1990s, Conservatism and American Foreign Policy, Realism and U.S. Foreign Policy and published hundreds of articles and papers. Prof. Shen speaks all over the world and served as an advisor to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. He’s currently on the editorial boards of a number of journals. Shen Dingli earned his doctorate in physics at Fudan University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in arms control at Princeton University. Prof. Shen joined the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Board of Scholars this fall.

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