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As part of the SFS Asian Studies Program's Lunch with an Ambassador event series, Ambassador Stapleton Roy spoke to Georgetown students and faculty about his career in the US foreign service, China's rise, and U.S.-China relations.

Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy is a Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Stape Roy was born in China and spent much of his youth there during the upheavals of World War II and the communist revolution, where he watched the battle for Shanghai from the roof of the Shanghai American School. He joined the US Foreign Service immediately after graduating from Princeton in 1956, retiring 45 years later with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the service. In 1978 he participated in the secret negotiations that led to the establishment of US-PRC diplomatic relations. During a career focused on East Asia and the Soviet Union, Stape’s ambassadorial assignments included Singapore, China, and Indonesia. His final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. On retirement he joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, before joining the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in September 2008 to head the newly created Kissinger Institute. In 2001 he received Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Public Service.

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2014 China-US Forum Panel 3

Social Welfare & Development

For more than three decades, China’s economy—and its rapid growth—was the central issue for the political legitimacy of the country’s leaders. So long as GDP grew by double digits, the majority of the people were happy. That’s no longer the case. People are increasingly distressed by the accelerated inequality and increased risk of healthy problems caused by heavy smog and unsafe water. Social justice and environment have become inseparable from economic growth. The nation’s government will have to act to reach a new normal growth rate for profitable enterprises, increased public finance, full employment, controlled risks, improved livelihoods, and sustainable resources and environmental protection.

Anne F. Thurston Director of the Grassroots China Initiative School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Elizabeth A. Vazquez President, CEO and Co-Founder WEConnect International

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2014 China-US Forum Panel 2

China-US Relations under New Era

Under the G20 framework, patterns of global governance and distribution of economic benefits change over time. A new model of major-country relations between China and U.S comes into shape. What’s its implication under the new era of international society? In Asia-Pacific region, China and U.S. foster strategic cooperation on regional hot spot issues (cyber security, global energy security, etc.). What are the prospects of the international partnership and how to achieve its intended goal?

Robert Daly, Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
Kristen Looney, Assistant Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University
Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Feng Zhu, Deputy Director, Professor Center for International & Strategic Studies, Peking University
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2014 China-US Forum Panel 1

New Trends in Global Economic Patterns and China-U.S. Cooperation

The global economy is finally going to emerge from the financial crisis. China and U.S. deepen the conversation and initiate cooperation in a wide range of areas and the year 2014 will be a critical period for China and U.S. At international level, both countries redefine the roles of exchange rate and transnational investment in global economic relations under the new economic layout. At national level, as the world’s fastest growing economy, China is making vigorous efforts to advance new reform agenda. How to interpret new economic policies Chinese government unfold in the Third Plenary Session of 18th Central Committee? What are challenges and opportunities China and U.S. face in post-crisis era?

Victor Cha, Director, SFS Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University 
Pieter P. Bottelier, Senior Adjunct Professor of China Studies School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University 
David Dollar, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development, Brookings 
Ann Lee, Professor of Economics and Finance, New York University 
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In 1956, nine years after it appeared on the world map as a nation state, Pakistan passed its first national constitution that declared the country an “Islamic republic.” It was the first state in the world to take on that title. The constitution described the country as a “democratic state” that would be guided by “principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice as enunciated by Islam.” Six decades later, this Pakistani promise to bridge and reconcile the ideals of Islam and western democracy appears more imperiled than ever, at a time when the United States’ involvement in the country is deeper and more complex than ever before. Shahan Mufti addressed this political autoimmune disorder in the context of his reporting from post-9/11 Pakistan and focused on the period since 2007, when the former President Pervez Musharraf began to lose his grip on power.

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Dr. Justyna Bartkiewicz-Godlewska serves as a counselor at the Political Section of the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC, where she covers U.S.-MENA relations, as well as transatlantic security policy and NATO operations. Previously, she worked in the Security Policy Department at Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the International Security Policy Department at Poland's Ministry of Defense in Warsaw.

Due to technical difficulties, only the last forty minutes were able to be recorded.
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March 26, 2014. The legacy of Fard Muhammad, founder of the Lost Found Nation of Islam, has perplexed scholars of the Nation of Islam and Islamic development in Twentieth Century America. Fatima Fanusie approached the understudied intellectual heritage and missionary activism of the Lahore heirs of Ghulam Ahmad’s Ahmadiyya movement as the critical link to understanding Fard Muhammad and the Nation of Islam in America. The dominant Islamic missionary group operating in America at the time of the development of the Nation of Islam was the Ahmadiyya movement.  Between 1888 and 1975 Ahmadiyya intellectuals conceived of and implemented multi pronged strategies for affecting American religious development and cultivating Islam in American society. Dr. Fanusie argued that the Nation of Islam was but one aspect of strategic Ahmadiyya efforts to cultivate Islam in America.

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The unhappy results of what was once known optimistically as the "Arab Spring" have led many analysts to suggest that the United States should stop supporting democracy in the Arab world. It doesn't work, the argument goes, and things end up worse rather than better. In this view, President Obama was right to dump the Bush "Freedom Agenda" because the end of the regimes in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia has resulted only in violence and instability. Moreover, our policies have offended many of our friends in the region.

But are these arguments correct? Can the United States be indifferent to the effort to build democracy in the Arab world? Are there ways for the United States to help those struggling for democracy, more effectively and at lower cost? The topic of the lecture is the current condition and future prospects of democracy in the Arab world, and the challenge this presents to American foreign policy.
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Come see Mel Duncan, co-founder and former executive director of theNonviolent Peaceforce, which is one of if not the most advanced unarmed civilian peacekeeping organization in the world! They've deployed teams to Sri Lanka, Philippines, S. Sudan, etc. and enjoy considerable recognition and partnership with the UN.
He'll be speaking at Georgetown University on Friday Mar. 21st from 3:30-5pm in White-Gravenor 213. Snacks provided and sponsored by the Justice and Peace Studies Program. Spaces limited, so please RSVP to Prof. Eli McCarthy at esm52.
Have you ever wondered how to transform institutions of war-making and habits of violence, especially in acute conflicts? The Nonviolent Peaceforce is one of the most advanced responses to this search.
Hear the latest on their incredible work in S. Sudan during the latest wave of violence...
The Environment Initiative is pleased to announce two new support opportunities for students engaged in environment-related disciplines, research, and programs. Complete information on application materials, eligibility, submittal and announcement deadlines can be found under the "Students" tab on the Environment Initiative website (environment.georgetown.edu). 

Award amount: $5,000 stipend
Application deadline:   March 19, 2014

The Environment Initiative Summer Fellowship award provides summer funding to undergraduate students with an interest in academic work in areas of the environment. The summer fellowship award can be used for a variety of academic pursuits, including:

  • Research and scholarship in the laboratory or research group of a Georgetown faculty member in any part of the University
  • Internships and practicum experiences with government or non-governmental organizations that are centrally focused on environment
  • Community and public service projects with an explicit environmental dimension
*Please visit the website for information on eligibility and application materials.

For questions, please contact Rachel Yancey (ray6@georgetown.edu).

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