China and the United States: Can Competitive Coexistence Be Maintained?

We're thrilled to be partnering with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth to present this summer lecture series exploring the changes that would enable China & the U.S. to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure mutually beneficial competition and avoid conflict.

There is so much that the United States and China could do together, for their citizens and for the world, yet today they remain at daggers drawn. Over the last decade their relationship has only worsened. Visitors to Washington and Beijing are struck by how embittered the most consequential relationship of our time has become. Compounding the tensions, bilateral U.S.-China talks are at a standstill.

Over the past four decades, China has undergone impressive economic development, which has transformed the country into a global power second only to the United States. According to the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Monetary Fund, China's economy is already the largest in the world. China has used its considerable wealth to expand its worldwide influence as well as to develop impressive diplomatic and military strengths.

The United States is still, by far, the richest country in the world in terms of per capita GDP. The dollar is the world's most widely used currency. America's entrepreneurial business culture, freedom of the press, and legal norms are key sources of its strength, as are its universities and research centers. The U.S. military remains the only globally capable force with combat experience.

What changes must take place to enable China and the United States to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure mutually beneficial competition and avoid conflict?

This summer's lecture series aims to address these questions by inviting recognized experts and officials from the United States, China, and Canada to examine the conflicts and suggest a way forward.

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Competition With China: How Should We Think About It?

Friday, July 07, 2023, 9am - 11:30am

Prof. David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and award-winning author on contemporary China and international relations of Asia.

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China & U.S. The Military Challenge: Is Conflict Inevitable?

Friday, July 14, 2023, 9am - 11:30am

USN RADM Mike Studeman, Office of Naval Intelligence.

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China & the U.S. The Economic Challenge: A Win-Win Outcome?

Friday, July 21, 2023, 9am - 11:30am

Marc Chandler, Chief Market Strategist, Bannockburn Global Forex & Jennifer Lind, Professor, Professor, Dartmouth College.

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U.S./China Politics & Governance: Strengths & Weaknesses

Friday, July 28, 2023, 9am - 11:30am

Jeremy Paltiel, Professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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China and the United States. Winning Hearts and Minds: Who's Doing Better?

Friday, August 04, 2023, 9am - 11:30am

Bruce Stokes, visiting senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, in conversation with Maria Repnikova, Associate Professor in Global Communication at Georgia State University.

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China and the United States: The Way Forward

Friday, August 11, 2023, 9am - 11:30am

Ryan Hass, formerly National Security Council, now senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings.

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