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Alumni-Faculty Forum: China/U.S. Conflicts in Geopolitics and Trade

May 31, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Moderator: Rory Truex ’07, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Panelists: Cheng Li *92, Director and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center; Rick Johnston ’64 *98, President, MKBC International; Ginny Kamsky ’74 *75, Chairman and CEO, Kamsky Associates, Inc.; Bruce P. Malashevich ’74, President and CEO, Economic Consulting Services, LLC of Washington, D.C.; and Shara L. Aranoff ’84, Partner, Covington and Burling, LLP. Sponsored by the Alumni Association of Princeton University.

Rory Truex ’07
Rory Truex is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. He studies comparative politics, focusing on Chinese politics and non-democratic regimes. His book, Making Autocracy Work, explores the nature of policymaking and representation in China’s legislative system. His current research focuses on the nature of repression and human rights abuses in contemporary China. He recently received the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Award for distinguished teaching. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton in 2007 and Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 2014.

Cheng Li *92
Cheng Li (GS ’92) is Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. Dr. Li is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at University of Toronto, a Nonresident Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale University, a member of the Visiting Committee to the Social Science Research Council in the United States, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Committee of 100. He is the author/editor of numerous books, including Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform (1997), China’s Leaders: The New Generation (2001), Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-US Educational Exchange (2005), China’s Changing Political Landscape (2008), China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation (2010), China’s Political Development: Chinese and American Perspectives (2014), Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership (2016) and The Power of Ideas: The Rising Influence of Thinkers and Think Tanks in China (2017). He is the principal editor of the Thornton Center Chinese Thinkers Series published by the Brookings Institution Press. Dr. Li has advised a wide range of U.S. government, education, research, business and not-for-profit organizations on work in China. Dr. Li has frequently been called upon to share his unique perspective and insights as an expert on China. He recently appeared on BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, ABC World News, NPR, and PBS. Li grew up in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. In 1985, he came to the United States when he later received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University.

Rick Johnston ’64 *98
Rick Johnston ’64, following a Princeton-in-Asia teaching fellowship in Taiwan and a graduate East Asian Studies program back at Princeton, began a 12-year stint at the Chase Manhattan Bank, working in the bank’s New York, Tokyo, Taiwan, and Beijing offices. He left Chase in 1986 to join the U.S. Government’s Foreign Commercial Service as the Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, then served in the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration in Washington, D.C., as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Economic Policy during the Bush I presidency. Since 1993, he has been involved in trade and investment consulting, working primarily with American companies doing business in Asia, primarily China.

Ginny Kamsky ’74 *75
Virginia A. Kamsky (Ginny) is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kamsky Associates, Inc. (KAI), a strategic advisory firm, founded in 1980, with offices in Beijing and New York City.  Ginny began her career at the then Chase Manhattan Bank in its global credit-training program.  She was promoted to Second Vice President of Chase and headed Chase’s corporate China division. She served during the Obama Administration under a White House appointment as a member of the US Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel (SNAP), an advisory body which provides the Secretary of the Navy with independent advice and recommendations. Ginny currently sits on the boards of Dana Incorporated and Ingram Micro.  She serves as the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Dana and is a member of Dana’s Compensation Committee and of Ingram Micro’s Audit Committee. Ginny is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, including its Committee on Corporate Affairs. She served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and CEO of China Institute in America.  Ginny graduated cum laude from Princeton University where she majored in East Asian Studies. She enrolled in the Woodrow Wilson School in the MPA program for a year following her undergraduate degree. Ginny was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for two terms, 1988-1992. Ginny’s writings have appeared in The Harvard Business Review and Directors & Boards Magazine.  She was selected by Crain’s New York Business as one of their “Forty under Forty Most Likely to Succeed.” She was featured on PBS in the award-winning Adam Smith Money World production:  Kamsky Associates: Models of Enterprise.

Bruce P. Malashevich ’74
Bruce Malashevich currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Economic Consulting Services, LLC in Washington, DC. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Bruce has been dedicated to applying the principles of economics to international trade disputes in venues including the United States and various other jurisdictions subject to WTO rules. He frequently testifies as an economic expert and has written and spoken widely. His most recent publications include “Trading With the Enemy: The U.S. Approach to Trade Defense Measures,” published by The World Trade Institute WTI, Institute of European and International Economic Law IEW, available on-line at https://www.wti.org/research/publications/1091/trade-defense- instruments-the-leading-edge-of-of-trade-policy/. “The Use of Economics in Competition Law: What Works and What Doesn’t Across National Jurisdictions” (with Kathryn Kobe), in The Use of Economics in International Trade and Investment Disputes, Cambridge University Press, 2017. “Political Aspects of TTIP: The U.S. Perspective” (with Mark W. Love),  TTIP: Transatlantyckie Partnerstwo w Dziedzinie Handlu I Inwestycji (TTIP: A New Stage of the Institutional Cooperation between the US and the EU), in English, 2015.  “A ‘Probabilistic’ Approach to the Use of Econometric Models in Sunset Reviews,” (with Alexander Keck and Ian Gray), World Trade Organization, Staff Working Paper ERSD-2006-01, February 2006. Bruce holds degrees from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Shara L. Aranoff  ’84
In the course of her legal career, Shara Aranoff ’84 has served in all three branches of government, bookended by time in private law practice. Currently a partner at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, she represents both domestic and foreign clients in international trade and cross-border intellectual property disputes — work which takes her regularly to China and Korea. Shara is a former Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, where she was a decision maker in hundreds of trade disputes between U.S. manufacturers and their foreign competitors.  She also served as counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, advising on international trade legislation and policy.  Ms. Aranoff enjoys being a volunteer judge for WTO and international law moot court competitions. She is a long-time volunteer interviewing Princeton applicants for the Maryland Alumni Schools Committee. She tries to attend major reunions for both her entering class (’85) and her graduating class (’84).


May 31, 2019
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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