The Future of Democracy in China

Event: October 5, 2009, San Francisco

The Asia Foundation and the Asia Society present:

The Future of Democracy in China

with special guests

Harry Harding

Dean, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy, University of Virginia

Trustee, The Asia Foundation

Minxin Pei

Senior Associate, China Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Orville Schell

Arthur Ross Director, Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations

Jonathan R. Stromseth

The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative, China

Monday, October 5, 2009

What are the prospects for democratic reform in China? Some say thirty years of successful economic reforms, bringing unprecedented prosperity and giving rise to a new middle class will inevitably lead to political opening. Others argue that this very success has made the Communist Party’s hold on power stronger than ever. Still others express concern that growing social and economic tensions will lead to conflict and instability. Please join our distinguished panel, co-sponsored by the Asia Society, for a discussion of China’s remarkable transformation and political future.


Harry Harding is Dean of the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Dr. Harding is a vice-chairman of the Asia Foundation board, a director of the Atlantic Council of the United States, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and a member of the Board of Governors of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has written extensively on China and US-China relations.

Minxin Pei is senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Pei has written broadly on China, including, recently, “Think Again: Asia’s Rise,” in Foreign Policy. He is a frequent commentator on the BBC and NPR, and has written op-eds for the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek International, and International Herald Tribune.

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross director of the Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations. Previously, he worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist, and was a professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has served as a commentator for network news programs and been a correspondent and consultant for many PBS “Frontline” documentaries and an Emmy award-winning program for “60 Minutes.” Schell is the author of fourteen books, including nine about China, and has written for numerous magazines, including The China Quarterly and The New Yorker.

Jonathan R. Stromseth is The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative to China. Based in Beijing, Dr. Stromseth is an expert on governance and politics, legal reform, political economy and international relations. Before moving to China, Dr. Stromseth established The Asia Foundation’s office in Hanoi, worked for the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Cambodia, and taught at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Dr. Stromseth’s commentary has appeared in the Asian Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News, and Marketplace.

Co-Sponsored by The Asia Society and World Affairs Council of Northern California

Monday, October 5, 2009

Program 6:00 – 7:15 pm


World Affairs Council of Northern California

312 Sutter Street, Suite 200

San Francisco, California

To register for this special event please click here to go to the World Affairs Council website. Or call 415-293-4600.

As a guest of The Asia Foundation, please register at reduced “member” rate of $5.

Advanced registration is recommended for guaranteed seating. However, pre-registration is not required and walk-ins on the day of this program are welcome.

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Related programs: Regional and International Relations

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