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Programs 2015-16



September 10: William Burns President of Carnegie Endowment for Peace; Former Deputy Secretary of State Navigating Today's International Landscape: A Diplomat's Perspective


October 08: Bruce Riedel Senior Fellow at Brookings; former CIA Analyst and advisor to four Presidents; on the staff of the NSC Saudi Arabia, Islam, and America, from FDR to Today


November 12: John Pomfret Journalist and Senior Fulbright Scholar The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America, China, and the story of the most troubled and most important relationship in the world


December 10: Heather Conley Senior VP for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Where is the European Project Headed? Present Trends and US Interests


January 14: John Echeverri-Gent Associate Professor, Department of Politics, UVA Indian Foreign Policy and US-Indian Relations


February 11: Ilya Ponomarev Technology Entrepreneur and former member of State Duma Can Putin's 'New Russia' re-shape the international system?


March 10: Elisa Massimino President and CEO of Human Rights First The Global Refugee Crisis: What's at Stake?


April 14: John McLaren UVA Professor- Department of Economics The Trans Pacific Partnership, Free Trade Agreements, and US Economic Strategy: A Path to Prosperity, or A Raw Deal


May 12: Brantly Womack 1992 Brantly Womack has been Professor of Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, and he holds the Miller Center’s C K Yen Chair. Prior to UVA he was on the faculty of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Northern Illinois University. He received his BA in politics and philosophy from the University of Dallas and his PhD in political science from University of Chicago. He was a Fulbright Scholar in philosophy at the University of Munich. He is the author of Asymmetry and International Relationships (Cambridge University Press, 2016), China Among Unequals: Asymmetric International Relationships in Asia (World Scientific Press 2010), and of China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry (Cambridge 2006), as well as over a hundred articles and book chapters. He co-edited with Prof. Hao Yufan Rethinking the Triangle: Washington, Beijing, Taipei (University of Macau Press and World Scientific Press, 2016), China’s Rise in Historical Perspective (Rowman and Littlefield 2010) and Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective (Cambridge 1991). In 2011 Womack received the China Friendship Award for his work with Chinese universities. He holds honorary positions at Jilin University, East China Normal University, and Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University. He has been a visiting research professor at the East Asia Institute of National University of Singapore and at East China Normal University. Unequal Equals: Looking Forward to the New Normal in US-China Relations