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Monday, April 9
7:00 pm

What the US Can Learn from China

Iguana Lounge
240 W 54th Street
(between Broadway and 8th Avenues)
Subway: B/D/E to 7th Av.; N, Q, R to 57 St/7th Av; 1, C, E to 50th St

DL21C's Political Author series continues with
Ann Lee, China expert and Senior Fellow at public policy think tank Demos
discussing her new book,
"What the US Can Learn from China"
along with Michael Beckley, Research Fellow in International Security at the Belfer Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
The discussion will be moderated by Jack Hidary, tech entrepreneur and a leading expert on innovation in both the US and China.
This event is $5 for non-members and free for DL21C Annual Members.
About the book (from Amazon's review):
While America is still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis, a high unemployment rate, and a surge in government debt, China’s economy is the second largest in the world and many predict will surpass the U.S. by 2020. President Obama called China’s rise “a Sputnik moment”—will America seize this moment or continue to treat China as its scapegoat?
Many in mainstream media and in the U.S.government regularly target China as a threat. Rather than viewing China’s power, influence, and contributions to the global economy in a negative light, Ann Lee asks: What can America learn from its competition? Why did China suffer so little from the global economic meltdown? What accounts for China’s extraordinary growth, despite one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world? How does the Chinese political system avoid partisan rancor but achieve genuine public accountability? From education to governance to foreign aid, Lee details the policies and practices that have made China a global power and then isolates the ways the U.S. can use China’s enduring principles to foster much-needed change at home.
This is no whitewash. Lee is fully aware of China’s shortcomings, particularly in the area of human rights, She has relatives who suffered during the Cultural Revolution. But by overemphasizing our differences with China, the U.S.stands to miss a vital opportunity. Filled with sharp insights and thorough research, What the U.S. Can Learn from China is Lee’s rallying cry for a new approach at a time when learning from one another is the key to surviving and thriving.
About Ann Lee:
Ann Lee focuses on issues of global economics and finance, and is writing a book on U.S.-China relations. A former investment banker and hedge fund partner, she is a frequent media commentator on economic issues. In addition to television and radio appearances on Bloomberg, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NPR, her op-eds have appeared in such publications as The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Businessweek, Forbes, and Worth. She has been quoted in hundreds of publications and has been an invited speaker at numerous industry and academic conferences. Ann is also an adjunct professor of economics and finance at New York University and a former visiting professor at Peking University where she taught macroeconomics and financial derivatives. While she was teaching at Peking University, she also acted as an economic advisor to Chinese economic officials as well as to several large Chinese asset management firms. She was educated at U.C. Berkeley, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, and Harvard Business School.
Read Ann Lee's Huffington Post article here:
About Michael Beckley:
Michael Beckley is an International Security Program Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Fellow at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, and a doctoral candidate in political science at Columbia University.  His research focuses on the durability and dynamics of unipolarity, the elements of national power, and U.S. and Chinese foreign policy.  Michael has published articles in English and Mandarin Chinese and received several awards, including the International Studies Association’s Carl Beck Award and the Journal of Strategic Studies’ Amos Perlmutter Prize.  In addition to his research, Michael has held positions at the RAND Corporation, the Pentagon’s Policy Planning Office, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Carter Center.  Listen to a podcast of Michael Beckley and International Security editor Sean Lynn-Jones discussing this article and its implications.   Michael Beckley and Christopher Layne debate America's decline on WBUR's On Point. Listen to the show here.  The author has also written an op-ed for the Christian Science Monitor based on this article as well as a policy brief and a blog post for the Harvard Business Review. Access a free pdf of the entire article, "China's Century? Why America's Edge Will Endure", by clicking on this link:  Chinas_Century.pdf
About Jack Hidary:
Jack Hidary built his career as an entrepreneur in the technology sector and is a leading expert on innovation in both the US and China. He appears regularly on TV, radio, and in print commenting on the state of innovation in China and is a frequent speaker at conferences and business schools.  He is the founder and Chairman of Samba Energy, the leading marketplace for commercial solar projects and financing. Today, he is particularly involved in issues of energy and transportation.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Read full bio and articles by Jack Hidary at the Huffington Post: