A perennial favorite with WorldOregon audiences, Mel Gurtov return to discuss his new book, Engaging China— a rich and wide-ranging look at the many facets of China that worry critics. As the U.S. fine tunes its approach to bilateral relations with China, how do we nurture a strategy of coexistence that allows for economic and technological competition while also managing frictions over issues like human rights and access to the South China Sea? What are the current opportunities and obstacles for U.S.-China relations and how have they evolved from the Trump Administration to the Biden Administration? Beyond traditional Great Power debates, what does a realistic, yet value-oriented engagement look like going forward?
Mel Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University. He previously was on the staff of the RAND Corporation, where he was an author of the Pentagon Papers, and then began his teaching career at the University of California, Riverside. He has written 30 books on China, U.S. foreign policy, and international affairs, most recently America in Retreat: Foreign Policy under Donald Trump and Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest, both published by Rowman & Littlefield. Dr. Gurtov is a former Senior Fulbright Scholar and is Senior Editor of Asian Perspective, which he served as Editor-in-Chief for over 20 years. He blogs at In the Human Interest, has a podcast, and broadcasts weekly foreign affairs commentary on radio stations in Portland and Florence, Oregon.
NOTE: This is an in-person event. A book-signing with the author follows the program.
Engaging China | Mel Gurtov
1207 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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