Weatherhead Forum in Beijing

"China and Its Neighbors: From Pyongyang to Kabul" (October 2011)

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University is pleased to present a three-part lecture series in Beijing, in partnership with Columbia Global Centers | East Asia and Renmin University.

All events are free and open to the public.  Each lecture was held at Renmin University, Mingde International Building. 

October 16

"China and North Korea: Anatomy of a Relationship"
Charles Armstrong, Director, Center for Korean Research; The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Department of History, Columbia University

October 19

"Sino-Mongol Relations"
Morris Rossabi, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York; Adjunct Professor of Chinese and Mongolian History, Columbia University 

October 30

"China's Afghanistan Policy: Implications for U.S.-China-Russia Relations"
Elizabeth Wishnick, Associate Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Law, Montclair State University




Speaker Bios

Charles Armstrong is a specialist in the modern history of Korea and East Asia, Professor Armstrong has written or edited numerous books on modern and contemporary Korea, including The Koreas; The North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950; Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia; Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy, and the State; and Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950 - 1990 (forthcoming 2012). He is currently writing a history of modern East Asia for the Wiley-Blackwell series "Concise History of the Modern World." Professor Armstrong is also a frequent commentator in the U.S. and international media on Korean, East Asian, and Asian-American affairs.

Morris Rossabi is author of Khubilai KhanVoyager from XanaduChina and Inner Asia; Modern Mongolia, and other books and articles.  He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.  Professor Rossabi has co-curated exhibitions at Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  He received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Mongolia, and is author of three chapters on China and Inner Asia for the authoritative Cambridge History of China.

Elizabeth Wishnick is an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University and an Associate Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University.  Her current book project, China as a Risk Society, examines how transnational problems shape Chinese foreign relations with neighboring states and involve Chinese society in foreign policy.  She is the author of numerous studies on great power relations and regional development in Asia, including Russia, China, and the U.S. in Central Asia: Competition and Cooperation in the Shadow of the Georgian Crisis and Mending Fences: The Evolution of Moscow's China Policy from Brezhnev to Yeltsin. Dr. Wishnick received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. from Barnard College. She speaks Chinese, Russian and French.



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