Pardee RAND Graduate School

U.S.-China Relations: Implications of Leadership Changes

with Andrew Scobell and Charles Wolf

Thursday, May 16, 2013
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. PT

Shutters on the Beach
The Beachside Room
One Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

RSVP to Evelyn Fees by May 10
Private Event

About the Program

Recent leadership transitions have brought new leaders to office in China while President Obama moved in to a second term: do these events portend change or continuity in U.S.-China relations? Even as the country grows and comes to dominate its neighbors, challenges remain, foremost among them, in the eyes of China’s leaders, the United States. The Obama administration, for its part, looks set to continue its policy pivot to Asia. Join us for a conversation about the implications of these changes and how the U.S. might protect its interests in Asia without triggering a confrontation with China.

About the Experts

Andrew Scobell

Andrew Scobell

Andrew Scobell is Senior Political Scientist at RAND's Washington, DC office. Prior to this he was Associate Professor of International Affairs at the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service (with tenure) and Director of the China Certificate Program at Texas A&M University located in College Station, Texas. From 1999 until 2007, he was Associate Research Professor in the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Dickinson College both located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Scobell earned a doctorate in political science from Columbia University. He is author of China's Use of Military Force: Beyond the Great Wall and the Long March (Cambridge University Press, 2003), China's Search for Security (Columbia University Press, forthcoming, 2011) with Andrew J. Nathan, more than a dozen monographs and reports, as well as several dozen journal articles and book chapters. He has also edited or co-edited twelve volumes on various aspects of security in the Asia-Pacific region. Scobell was born and raised in Hong Kong and regularly makes research trips to the region.

Charles Wolf

Charles Wolf

Charles Wolf served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State (1945–1947, 1949–1953). In the early 1950s, he was a visiting professor of economics and Asian studies at Cornell University and an assistant professor of economics and Far East studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined RAND in 1955 and headed the Economics Department from 1967 to 1981. He served as founding dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School from 1970 to 1997; he is now a professor at the school.

Wolf is a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and is on the advisory board of the Center for International Business and Economic Research at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a board member of Capital Income Builder and of Capital World Growth and Income, Inc., and a member of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

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