Politics, Foreign and Domestic: China and The U.S (NYC)

Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Presidential Election Forecast: Previewing Eighteen Candidates in Ninety Minutes

Wendy Schiller / Brown University

Renowned Brown University Political Science Professor Wendy Schiller will discuss the candidates for president in the 2020 election. She will assess each candidate's strengths and weaknesses in the context of the party convention and platform, personality, organization, and fundraising. She will explain the strategies that candidates will have to employ to win key states and ensure turnout among their own party's base, as well as independent voters, in order to win the the general election.

Professor Schiller will also place the 2020 election in historic, demographic, and political context as it compares to other elections. How has the electorate changed in terms of age, gender, income, education and race? What are the key issues likely to be in this election that are the same or different from prior elections? How will social media change the fundamentals of campaigning? She will also cover the ways in which the congressional elections for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will interact with the presidential elections.

Candidates scheduled to be discussed:

Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Bill de Blasio, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, & Donald Trump

Wendy Schiller / Brown University

Wendy Schiller is the Chair of the Political Science Department at Brown University. She is an expert in the field of the U.S. Congress and political representation, and the recent recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to study party conflict and factionalism in the U.S. Senate. Professor Schiller has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a six-time recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award at Brown.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The China Challenge: Where Are We Headed?

Stephen Kotkin / Princeton University

China’s growth presents one of the most remarkable stories ever recorded in world history. Under Mao, half a century ago, the world’s most populous country experienced famine, mass violence, and chaos. Average income was a mere $200 – annually. Today, of course, China is the world’s second largest economy, and many predict it will soon overtake the United States.

How did this happen? Will China continue to flourish, or might it crash? Does China seek world domination? What are the consequences of China’s rise for the United States? What are China’s and America’s strengths and weaknesses? Why did President Donald Trump launch a trade war? How will the trade war evolve? In the end, can the two giants find a way to share the planet and address global problems together?

Stephen Kotkin / Princeton University

Stephen Kotkin is the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton. Professor Kotkin established the department’s Global History workshop. He serves on the core editorial committee of the journal, World Politics. He founded and edits a book series on Northeast Asia. From 2003 until 2007, he was a member and then chair of the editorial board at Princeton University Press, and is a regular book reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Business section.