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The CIS Starr Forum on the Rise of China

China has emerged as a central piece in the global puzzle, a dynamic actor whose impact is undeniable and whose cooperation in attaining solutions is vital.  China's integration, in short, has become a substantial concern, and a major topic of discussion, for virtually everybody working on issues of global sustainability.

The CIS Starr Forum on the Rise of China addresses the effect of China's growing economic power and national competitiveness on such topics as global resource consumption, greenhouse gas production and climate change, international public health and disease control, and regional military security.

We aim to become a central hub of this discussion at MIT, and in so doing, aim to foster inter-disciplinary networks for coping with the new challenges surrounding China's rise.  We strive to build a broad community of scholars whose work either currently does-or likely will-involve China, but who do not necessarily consider themselves China specialists.  We warmly welcome participants who are interested in China's global impact, but who do not define their expertise geographically.

The CIS Starr Forum on the Rise of China is organized by Edward S. Steinfeld, MIT Associate Professor of Political Science, a China specialist whose work focuses on the political economy of reform in socialist and post-socialist systems, and Yasheng Huang, China Program Associate Professor in International Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

All forums are open to the public and meet on Friday afternoons at the Center for International Studies (MIT Building E38).

FALL 2006

  • TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2006
    CIS 6th Floor conference room (E38-615)
    12:00 noon
    Professor Zha Daojiong
    Chair, Department of International Political Economy
    Director, Center for International Energy Security
    School of International Studies, Renmin University, Beijing
    Topic: China, the U.S., and the Worldwide Search for Energy Security


  • WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2006
    CIS 6th Floor conference room (E38-615)
    2:30-4:00 p.m.
    Lu Mai
    Secretary General
    China Development Research Foundation
    Topic: China--Development with Equity
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2006
    Jun Jing
    Professor and Director, Social Policy Research Institute
    Tsinghua University
    Topic: AIDS in China
  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2006
    CIS 6th floor conference room (E38-615)
    Emily Hannum
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Univ. of Pennsylvania
    Topic: Gender and Education in Rural China

FALL 2005

  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2005
    2:00 p.m.
    CIS 6th floor conference room (E38-615)
    Minxin Pei
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Topic: Governance Trends in China—Impact on Political and Economic Risks
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2005
    2:00 p.m.
    CIS 6th floor conference room (E38-615)
    Prof. Kristin J. Forbes
    MIT-Sloan School of Management
    Topic: U.S. Economic Policy Toward China—Facts and Fallacies


  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2005
    2:00 p.m.
    CIS 6th floor conference room (E38-615)
    Prof. Alan Wachman
    Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
    Topic: Evolving notions of territorial integrity in China and their ramifications for stability in the Taiwan Straits and beyond.
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2005
    2:00 p.m.
    CIS 6th floor conference room (E38-615)
    Prof. Mark Qiu
    Former CFO, China Nat'l Offshore Oil Corp./MIT Sloan Fellow 1996 Topic: China's Quest for Petroleum Resources
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2005
    2:00 p.m.
    CIS 6th floor conference room (E38-615)
    Dr. Sally Hunt
    NERA Economic Consulting
    Topic: Reforming China's Electric Power Sector
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2005
    2:00 p.m.
    CIS 6th floor conference room (E38-615)
    Prof. Loren Brandt
    University of Toronto
    Topic: Coping with Income Inequality in China

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