China

  • Exploring a Future World War with Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis

    Air Dates: August 9-15, 2021 On more than one occasion, we’ve welcomed guests to this show who engage in “speculative” or “useful” fiction.  Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis are the latest, their new book, titled 2034, looks at what a war between the United States and China might look like in the not-so-distant future. Admiral James Stavridis is a retired four-star U.S. naval officer.  He is currently an Operating … Read More

  • Recap: “China Rising: The Future of U.S. China Relations”

    China and the United States are the two strongest and largest economies in the world. Many have negative opinions about China and its rise to prominence on the world stage. Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes hosted distinguished panelists Dorinda Elliott of the China Institute, Ambassador Nicholas Platt, president of the Asia Society, Dr. Gary Jefferson of Brandeis University, and Dr. Lewis Rutherford, venture capital investor in Asian markets, … Read More

  • China Rising: The Future of U.S. China Relations

    The Pell Center will host a discussion on “China Rising: The Future of U.S. China Relations” with distinguished panel members, Ms. Dorinda Elliott with the China Institute; Dr. Gary Jefferson with Brandeis University; Ambassador Nicholas Platt, president emeritus of the Asia Society and Dr. Lewis Rutherfurd, venture capital investor in Asian markets.  Each panelist will explore a specific area including U.S. / China’s policy both past and present, economy, trade agreement, business … Read More

  • What If We Talked About Foreign Policy?

    Presidential campaigns are rarely won or lost on foreign policy.  In the last 50 years, probably only two—Ronald Reagan’s 1980 victory over incumbent President Jimmy Carter and President George W. Bush’s re-election win against my old friend then-Senator John Kerry in 2004—would qualify.  In 1980, American hostages were held captive in the old U.S. embassy in Tehran following the Islamic revolution that swept the old, pro-American regime from power.  In … Read More

  • 2020 Fall Event Series Announced

    The Pell Center is pleased to announce its 2020 fall event series.  Tickets to these events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date.  Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with questions.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and be notified when tickets become available.  All events will … Read More

  • CANCELLED: China Rising: The Future of U.S. China Relations

    This event has been cancelled as of March 9, 2020. Panelists:  Dorinda Elliott, senior vice president and director at the China Institute Elliot is a China expert with fluent Chinese and connections to China academics, business and arts, and she has a deep understanding of China’s social and political culture based on more than 30 years of covering the country. She’s edited and written feature stories about business, politics and … Read More

  • Spring 2020 Event Series Announced

    The Pell Center has announced its event series for Spring 2020. Tickets to these events are free and will become available approximately two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with any questions. Scroll to the bottom of this page to join our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available. Please note, all events will … Read More

  • After His Holiness: Tibet, Reincarnation Politics and the Future of Sino-Indian Relations

    The relationship between China and India is widely considered one of the most consequential of the twenty-first century.  The impact of China’s repressive policies in Tibet however, is often overlooked.  In his recent article published in Survival, the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ journal for global politics and strategy, Pell Center Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman examines how Chinese influence in Tibet and its desire to exert control over the Dalai … Read More

  • Democracy is America’s Most Potent Asset

    The next American president should get back to celebrating the moral power of democracy.  This was standard fare for President Ronald Reagan—in fact it was pretty standard throughout the Cold War.  The fact that democracy promotion is little more than a slogan and not a centerpiece of American foreign policy is a mistake. We are leaving our most powerful asset unused in the global competition that will shape the 21st … Read More

  • Are the United States and China in a New Cold War?

    The Texas National Security Review recently gathered a group of Asia-watchers and historically-minded scholars to discuss whether the tensions between the United States and China amount to a 21st century Cold War. Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman chaired the roundtable, providing the following introductory essay :   For over two decades, Western academics and policymakers have struggled to define the nature and scope of the challenge posed by China’s rise.1 In the early 1990s, the … Read More