Professor Susan L. Shirk is highly qualified to address these questions that have serious consequences for the future security of the United States.
Shirk has been studying and visiting China since 1971. A leading academic expert on Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy, she is a professor in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. Her books include How China Opened its Door: The Political success of the PRC's Foreign Trade and Investment Reform (1994), The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China (1992), Competitive Comrades (1982), and numerous scholarly and popular articles. She is currently writing a book on the domestic roots of Chinese foreign policy.
In addition to her academic contributions, Dr. Shirk has been an important player in American policy toward China and East Asia. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia in 1997-2000. In that capacity, she handled the visits of President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji to the United States and the visit of President Bill Clinton to China, the aftermath of the accidental bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, and the WTO negotiations with China.
Before serving in the Department of State, Shirk was the director of the University of California system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). She also is the founder (1993) and leader of the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, an unofficial multilateral process for discussion of regional security issues among government officials, military officers, and academic experts from the United States, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, and North Korea. She received her doctoral degree from MIT.
Dr. Shirk speaks at 12:15 p.m. after an 11:45 a.m. lunch and her visit is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.