WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019 Please join us for this exciting event on CHINESE-AMERICAN RELATIONS
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 -- 5.30pm-7.15pm:
CAN WE LIVE WITH CHINA? U.S.-Chinese Relations in Tumultuous Times SPEAKER:
SUSAN THORNTON (former Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC)
introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres
(see also the bio below)
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 5.30pm Location: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library (main campus, UNC-Chapel Hill) Free parking available after 5.00pm at Cobb deck & also at the Bell Tower Lot.
No RSVP necessary - please just come along - please arrive early like the previous talks this semester, this event also promises to be very popular.
Susan A. Thornton is a retired senior diplomat with extensive experience in Eurasia and East Asia. She is currently a Senior Fellow and Research Scholar at the Yale University Paul Tsai China Center and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Until July 2018, she was Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State and led East Asia policy making amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and a fast-changing international environment.
In previous State Department roles, Ms. Thornton worked on China and Korea policy, including stabilizing relations with Taiwan, the US-China Cyber Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord and the Agreed Framework on North Korean denuclearization.
In overseas postings in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus and China, Ms. Thornton’s leadership furthered U.S. interests and influence in a host of difficult operating environments.
Ms. Thornton received her MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS and her BA from Bowdoin College in Economics and Russian.
Apart from her foreign policy work, Ms. Thornton devotes her spare time to community, education, fresh food and connecting with nature on her family farm in Lisbon, Maine.