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Covert, Coercive, and Corrupt: Countering Chinese Communist Party Malign Influence in Free Societies

Covert, Coercive, and Corrupt: Countering Chinese Communist Party Malign Influence in Free Societies

October 30, 2020

Covert, Coercive, and Corrupt: Countering Chinese Communist Party Malign Influence in Free Societies

Friday, October 30, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution and the Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society held a Zoom webinar Covert, Coercive, and Corrupt: Countering Chinese Communist Party Malign Influence in Free Societies: A Conversation with Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell on Friday, October 30, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm PDT | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EDT.

Following introductory remarks from Hoover Institution Director Condoleezza Rice, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell will give a policy address on the PRC's malign influence activities and how the US government is countering them. He will focus in particular on how the US government is using legal, diplomatic, and consular tools to identify PRC propaganda outlets, and on how it is seeking to help ensure the fair and reciprocal treatment of foreign journalists in China. After the speech, Hoover Senior Fellow Larry Diamond will lead Assistant Secretary Stilwell in conversation with the Asia Society’s Orville Schell and Oriana Skylar Mastro, a Center fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

FEATURING

David R. Stilwell is the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He served in the Air Force for 35 years, retiring in 2015 in the rank of Brigadier General as the Asia advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  From 2017-2019, Mr. Stilwell served as the Director of the China Strategic Focus Group at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii.  He was awarded the Department of Defense Superior Service Award in 2015.

Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy. In addition, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm. Rice served as the sixty-sixth secretary of state of the United States (2005-2009) and as President George W. Bush’s national security adviser (2001-2005).

Larry Diamond is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). He chairs Hoover’s project on China’s Global Sharp Power. His most recent book is Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency (2019).

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society and former dean and professor at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of ten books about China, including most recently Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century (2013).

Oriana Skylar Mastro is a Center fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where her research focuses on Chinese military and security policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, war termination, and coercive diplomacy. Dr. Mastro is also a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and serves in the United States Air Force Reserve, for which she works as a strategic planner at INDOPACOM.

What Winston Churchill’s Relations with Russia Can Teach Us for Today

What Winston Churchill’s Relations with Russia Can Teach Us for Today

October 29, 2020

What Winston Churchill’s Relations with Russia Can Teach Us for Today

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

“If only I could dine with Stalin once a week,” Winston Churchill said with unusual naïveté during the Second World War, “then there would be no trouble at all.” When it came to dealing with Russia, Churchill went through five distinct phases of engagement, of which the most dangerous was thinking that Stalin was a normal statesman for whom personal relations mattered, rather than a hardened Russian ideologue and nationalist for whom only Realpolitik mattered. Churchill’s biographer Andrew Roberts will explore how Churchill’s experience can help the West in its dealings with Vladimir Putin.

Andrew Roberts is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Lehrman Institute Distinguished Fellow at the New-York Historical Society, and Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College. He has written over a dozen books including Salisbury: Victorian Titan, Napoleon the Great, and Churchill: Walking with Destiny, which was a New York Times Bestseller and won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is a trustee of the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust and the National Army Museum, and received his PhD from Cambridge University.

ABOUT THE HOOVER HISTORY WORKING GROUP

https://www.hoover.org/research-teams/history-working-group 

This interview is part of the History Working Group Seminar Series. A central piece of the History Working Group is the seminar series, which is hosted in partnership with the Hoover Library & Archives. The seminar series was launched in the fall of 2019, and thus far has included six talks from Hoover research fellows, visiting scholars, and Stanford faculty. The seminars provide outside experts with an opportunity to present their research and receive feedback on their work. While the lunch seminars have grown in reputation, they have been purposefully kept small in order to ensure that the discussion retains a good seminar atmosphere.

China’s Rise And Prospects For Security And Stability In The Indo-Pacific Region | 2020 Conference on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region | Panel 6

China’s Rise And Prospects For Security And Stability In The Indo-Pacific Region | 2020 Conference on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region | Panel 6

October 29, 2020

China’s Rise And Prospects For Security And Stability In The Indo-Pacific Region | 2020 Conference on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region | Panel 6

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Hoover Institution

Panel 6: Thursday, October 29, 4-5:30pm PDT and focuses on China’s Rise And Prospects For Security And Stability In The Indo-Pacific Region.

CHAIR: H.R. McMaster (Hoover Institution)    

DISCUSSANT: Larry Diamond (Hoover Institution)

Michael Auslin, Hoover Institution

Elizabeth Economy, Hoover Institution

James Ellis, Hoover Institution

Thomas Fingar, Stanford University

Orville Schell, Asia Society

MEET THE PANELISTS

Dr. Michael Auslin is Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution. A historian of U.S. policy in Asia, he is the author of Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific.

Dr. Larry Diamond is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He chairs Hoover’s projects on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region and China’s Global Sharp Power. A renowned expert on democracy, he is the author of Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.

Dr. Elizabeth Economy is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy and author of The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State.

ADM James Ellis (Ret.) is an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He led United States Strategic Command and commanded the USS Independence carrier battle group during the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1996. He is also the former president and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).

Dr. Thomas Fingar is a Shorenstein APARC Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Formerly, he was first deputy director of national intelligence and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Most recently, he co-edited Fateful Decisions: Choices that Will Shape China’s Future.

LTG H.R. McMaster (Ret.) is Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was the 26th U.S. national security advisor. McMaster is the author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.

Orville Schell is Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society. A long-time China observer, Schell is former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Accelerate Change Or Lose: A Discussion With US Air Force Chief Of Staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown

Accelerate Change Or Lose: A Discussion With US Air Force Chief Of Staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown

October 28, 2020

Accelerate Change Or Lose: A Discussion With US Air Force Chief Of Staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

US Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown and Michael Auslin discussed Accelerate Change or Lose on Capital Conversations on October 28, 2020.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. is Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. As Chief, he serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of 685,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the U.S. and overseas. As members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs’ function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.

Michael Auslin is the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A historian by training, he specializes in U.S. policy in Asia and geopolitical issues in Indo-Pacific region. A best selling author, his latest book is Asia's New Geopolitics: Essarys in Reshaping the Indo-Pacific.

Battlegrounds w/ H.R. McMaster: The Japan- US Alliance and the Vision for a Free & Open Indo-Pacific

Battlegrounds w/ H.R. McMaster: The Japan- US Alliance and the Vision for a Free & Open Indo-Pacific

October 28, 2020

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Tarō Kōno,  Minister of Regulatory Reform and Administrative Reform on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM PT.

In our fourth episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Minister Kono discuss the evolution of the Japan-U.S. alliance and growing international cooperation to preserve peace in the Indo-Pacific region and counter threats to freedom and prosperity from the South China Seas to the Senkakus as well as in space and cyberspace.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Tarō Kōno is Minister of Regulatory Reform and Administrative Reform. photo KONO Taro, 57, is an eight-term Member of the House of Representatives. He has been Minister for Administrative Reform and Regulatory Reform in the Suga Government since September 16, 2020. Among positions he has held are Minister of Defense; Foreign Minister; Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, or Minister in charge of the National Police Organization; Minister for Civil Service Reform; Minister in Charge of Consumer Affairs and Food Safety; and Minister in Charge of Disaster Management in the Abe Government, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Management and Senior Vice-Minister of Justice in the Koizumi Government, and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives. Taro is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is also the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984, McMaster served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Battlegrounds provides a needed forum with leaders from key countries to share their assessment of problem sets and opportunities that have implications for U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy. Each episode features H.R. McMaster in a one-on-one conversation with a senior foreign government leader to allow Americans and partners abroad to understand how the past produced the present and how we might work together to secure a peaceful and prosperous future. “Listening and learning from those who have deep knowledge of our most crucial challenges is the first step in crafting the policies we need to secure peace and prosperity for future generations.”

For more information, visit: https://www.hoover.org/battlegrounds_perspectives 

Pick up a copy of "Battlegrounds: The Fight To Defend The Free World," by H.R. McMaster here - https://www.hoover.org/research/battlegrounds-fight-defend-free-world 

Democracy, Good Governance And Pluralism | 2020 Conference on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region | Panel 5

Democracy, Good Governance And Pluralism | 2020 Conference on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region | Panel 5

October 26, 2020

Democracy, Good Governance And Pluralism | 2020 Conference | Panel 5

Monday, October 26, 2020
Hoover Institution

CHAIR: Lanhee Chen (Hoover Institution)

DISCUSSANT: Larry Diamond (Hoover Institution)

  The Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative meets the Belt and Road

   Lavina Lee, Macquarie University

  Tackling Local Clientelism and Corruption: Taiwan’s experience

   Chin-shou Wang, National Cheng Kung University

  Countering Sharp Power: Lessons from Taiwan

   Kharis Templeman, Hoover Institution

 

MEET THE PANELISTS

Dr. Lanhee Chen is David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution. A veteran of four US presidential campaigns, he is also the Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University.

Dr. Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He chairs Hoover’s projects on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region and China’s Global Sharp Power. A renowned expert on democracy, he is the author of Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.

Dr. Lavina Lee is a senior lecturer in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. She is the author of US Hegemony and International Legitimacy: Norms Power and Followership in the Wars on Iraq.

Dr. Kharis Templeman is a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. Formerly, he led the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project (TDSP) in the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford. He is co-editor of Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan: The Ma Ying-jeou Years.

Dr. Chin-shou Wang is professor of political science at National Cheng Kung University. His research focuses on judicial politics.

PRC Influence And Interference | 2020 Conference on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region | Panel 4

PRC Influence And Interference | 2020 Conference on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region | Panel 4

October 22, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Hoover Institution

PRC Influence And Interference | 2020 Conference on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region | Panel 4

CHAIR: Glenn Tiffert (Hoover Institution)

DISCUSSANT: John Pomfret (Washington Post contributor)

  Media Influence Operations in Australia

   Maree Ma, Vision Times Media (AUS)

  Online Disinformation and Propaganda

   Puma Shen, National Taipei University

  How Asians View the Competition for Influence Between China and the U.S.

   Yun-han Chu, National Taiwan University & Academia Sinica

MEET THE PANELISTS

Dr. Yun-han Chu is distinguished research fellow of the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica and professor of political science at National Taiwan University. He serves concurrently as president of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. His research focuses on the politics of Greater China, East Asian political economy and democratization.

Maree Ma is general manager of Vision Times Media, a leading independent Chinese language media company in Australia.

John Pomfret is global affairs contributor and former Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post. He is the author of The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present.

Dr. Puma Shen is assistant professor at National Taipei University’s Graduate School of Criminology and director of DoubleThink Labs, which studies the intersection between democratic governance and the internet.

Dr. Glenn Tiffert is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. A historian of modern China, he manages the Hoover projects on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region, and on China’s Global Sharp Power.

Economic Interdependence: Dangers And Opportunities Ahead | 2020 Conference | Panel 3

Economic Interdependence: Dangers And Opportunities Ahead | 2020 Conference | Panel 3

October 19, 2020

Economic Interdependence: Dangers And Opportunities Ahead | 2020 Conference | Panel 3

Monday, October 19, 2020
Hoover Institution

Panel 3 took place on Monday, October 19, 4-5:30pm PDT and focused on Economic Interdependence: Dangers And Opportunities Ahead.

CHAIR: David Lampton (Johns Hopkins-SAIS)    

DISCUSSANT: Thomas Fingar (Stanford University)

  Economic coercion as a tool of PRC foreign policy

   Christina Lai, Academia Sinica

  Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy: A framework for economic security

   Ian Tsung-yen Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University

  Competing paradigms of development assistance in the Indo-Pacific

   Jonathan Pryke, Lowy Institute

MEET THE PANELISTS

Dr. Ian Tsung-yen Chen is associate professor at the Institute of Political Science at National Sun Yat-sen University. His current book project is entitled The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Power, Interests and Reputation.

Dr. Thomas Fingar is a Shorenstein APARC Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Formerly, he was first deputy director of national intelligence and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Most recently, he co-edited Fateful Decisions: Choices that Will Shape China’s Future.

Dr. Christina Lai is a junior research fellow in the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. She was also a lecturer in global security studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, East Asian politics, and qualitative research methods.

Dr. David M. Lampton is professor emeritus of China studies and former director of SAIS-China and China Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute and former president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

Jonathan Pryke is director of the Lowy Institute’s Pacific Islands Program. Mr. Pryke joined the Lowy Institute from the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University where he was editor of the Development Policy Blog.

Yesterday’s China: Intellectual Property, Government Secrecy, and the British Origins of the Pax Americana

Yesterday’s China: Intellectual Property, Government Secrecy, and the British Origins of the Pax Americana

October 16, 2020
Yesterday's China: Intellectual Property, Government Secrecy, and the British Origins of the Pax Americana
 
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 

Today, the United States inveighs against China’s theft of foreign intellectual property. A century ago, however, when the United States was a rising power and Great Britain the global hegemon, it behaved in many of the ways that China does now. This talk explores a case in which the US government pirated cutting-edge British naval technology and then invoked national security to block the inventors from accessing the evidence they needed to prove patent infringement. The case illustrates the tension between liberal norms of property rights and illiberal norms of government secrecy, as well as the transition from the Pax Britannica to the Pax Americana.

Katherine C. Epstein is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University and the author of Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain. She studies the political economy of defense contracting and the Anglo-American hegemonic transition, and will be sharing with the seminar a chapter from her new book manuscript on the topic. She has been awarded a Frederick Burkhardt fellowship by the ACLS and has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  She received her BA in History summa cum laude from Yale University, MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and PhD in History from Ohio State University.

ABOUT THE HOOVER HISTORY WORKING GROUP https://www.hoover.org/research-teams/history-working-group

This interview is part of the History Working Group Seminar Series. A central piece of the History Working Group is the seminar series, which is hosted in partnership with the Hoover Library & Archives. The seminar series was launched in the fall of 2019, and thus far has included six talks from Hoover research fellows, visiting scholars, and Stanford faculty. The seminars provide outside experts with an opportunity to present their research and receive feedback on their work. While the lunch seminars have grown in reputation, they have been purposefully kept small in order to ensure that the discussion retains a good seminar atmosphere.

Perspectives from Germany, China, and Hong Kong

Perspectives from Germany, China, and Hong Kong

October 15, 2020

Perspectives from Germany, China, and Hong Kong

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution presents an online virtual speaker series based on the scholarly research and commentary written by Hoover fellows participating in the Human Prosperity Project on Socialism and Free-Market Capitalism. This project objectively investigates the historical record to assess the consequences for human welfare, individual liberty, and interactions between nations of various economic systems ranging from pure socialism to free-market capitalism. Each session will include thoughtful and informed analysis from our top scholars.

FEATURING
Michael Auslin, Ph.D., is the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A historian by training, he specializes in U.S. policy in Asia and geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific region.

Russell Berman, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a co-chair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order.

For more information on this initiative, click here - https://www.hoover.org/research-teams/human-prosperity-project-socialism-and-free-market-capitalism

To view the upcoming events, click here - https://www.hoover.org/research/human-prosperity-project-socialism-and-free-market-capitalism-speaker-series 

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