Guest Speaker Session (Shared Interest)

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What Went Wrong: U.S.-China Relations from Partnership to Rivalry

Tuesday, May 30
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
LACC, Room 411

Since the mid-1990s, China and the United States have tried to build a cooperative relationship, challenging predictions that an established power and a rising power would be doomed to conflict. But their relationship seems to be increasingly competitive. Why did those efforts fail, and can the emerging rivalry between the two countries be reversed?

Harry Harding

Harry Harding holds a dual appointment as Visiting Professor of Social Science and Senior Advisor to the Institute for Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and as University Professor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia. In addition to several edited volumes, his major publications include Organizing China: The Problem of Bureaucracy, 1949-1966; China’s Second Revolution: Reform after Mao; A Fragile Relationship: the United States and China since 1972; and the chapter on the Cultural Revolution in the Cambridge History of China.


Harding served as the founding dean of U.Va.’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy between 2009 and 2014. Before joining the Batten School, he held faculty appointments at Swarthmore College and Stanford University and was a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Between 1995 and 2005 he served as Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and was elected to two terms as president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs He chaired the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People’s Republic of China (later renamed the Program for International Studies in Asia), and has been the chair, director, or trustee of numerous other educational and non-profit institutions. From 2005 to 2007, Harding was Director of Research and Analysis at Eurasia Group, a political risk research and advisory firm based in New York. His government services includes membership on the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Science and Technology and the U.S. Defense Policy Board. A graduate of Princeton in public and international affairs, he holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.

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