Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

China in 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign Discourse

Fri, April 1, 2016

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

On Friday, April 1, 2016 the Strauss Center and the Center for East Asian Studies welcome David Firestein to discuss the role China plays in the discourse of current US presidential candidates. The event is free and open to the public.

David J. Firestein is the Perot Fellow and Vice President for the Strategic Trust-Building Initiative and Track 2 Diplomacy at the EastWest Institute in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he oversees EWI's China, East Asia and United States Program and Russia and United States Program, as well as the institute’s work on U.S.-Iran trust-building. A career U.S. diplomat from 1992 to 2010, Firestein is an expert in China, Russia, public diplomacy and U.S. politics. In his Foreign Service career, he served at the U.S. embassies in Beijing (5 years) and Moscow (4 years). 

Firestein is the author or co-author of three books on China, including two China-published bestsellers: Pacific Reflections: Essays on Chinese and American Society and Culture (1997); and Here and There:  81 Conversations about China and America (2004). In 1995-1996, Firestein wrote a column for the Beijing Youth Daily; he was the first foreigner ever to have a column in a PRC newspaper. From 2000 to 2002, Firestein wrote over 40 articles, mostly on U.S. politics and society, for Russian newspapers and magazines. In all, he has published some 130 articles in Chinese and Russian publications, including the Global Times, the China Youth Daily, the Legal TimesNoviye Izvestiya and other major periodicals. In the United States, Firestein’s recent commentary has appeared in the Dallas Morning News and the Austin American-Statesman

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