U.S.-China Relations and the International Order
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About The Event
Join us on the evening of September 29th as we kick off our Fall series exploring our post-pandemic world. This four-part series hosts guest speakers and expert panels to engage Maine residents in focused, informed discussions on the challenges created by the global pandemic, including the potential responses of the next administration.
For our kick-off event, former Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton considers what the changing dynamics of the critical interaction between the two world powers portend for the future of the existing international order. This session will be moderated by Ambassador (ret.) Judith Fergin. Ambassador Fergin last addressed the Council in Spring 2018 on the topic, "Asia-Pacific View of the U.S. and Why They Matter."
7:00pm: Welcome and introductions
7:05pm: Moderated discussion
7:45pm: Q+A with the audience
8:15pm: Program end
$10 - WACM Member tickets (one ticket per device)
$15 - General public tickets (one ticket per device)
Become a Fall 2020 Series Sponsor! The lengthy suspension of our in-person programs greatly impacts the revenue that supports our work. For those able and interested, we created a $50 Fall 2020 series sponsor ticket. This one-time gift will support our 4-session series exploring our post-pandemic world. Sponsorship can be made in your name(s) or in honor/memory of someone. All sponsors will be recognized at the start of each session. Please purchase your series sponsor $50 ticket for the first session you are interested in attending. You will then be automatically registered for all remaining sessions.
IMPORTANT: Please register for each device being used to attend the webinar. For example, if you and a family member will be attending on one computer, only one registration is necessary. Alternatively, if you each will be using your own devices to attend, please register separately. The Zoom link to access this webinar will be emailed to all registrants on Monday, September 28th.
About Susan Thornton
Susan A. Thornton is a retired senior U.S. diplomat with almost 30 years of experience with the U.S. State Department in Eurasia and East Asia. She is currently a senior fellow and research scholar at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale University Law School; director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy; and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Until July 2018, Thornton was acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State and led East Asia policymaking amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and a fast-changing international environment. In previous State Department roles, she worked on U.S. policy toward China, Korea, and the former Soviet Union and served in leadership positions at U.S. embassies in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus, and China.
Thornton received her master's in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and her bachelor's from Bowdoin College in economics and Russian. She serves on several non-profit boards and speaks Mandarin and Russian.
About Judith Fergin
Judith Fergin is a retired career Foreign Service Officer. Her last posting was as the U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste. Before that, she served as the U.S. Consul General in Sydney, Australia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassies in Jakarta and Canberra. Ambassador Fergin also served in Moscow, Russia; Pretoria, South Africa; Monrovia, Liberia; Munich, Germany; and Washington, DC. After the Foreign Service, she served as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore for several years before moving back home to Maine. She received a BA in Political Science from Smith College, an MA in International Relations from the University of Virginia, and an MS in National Resource Management from the Industrial College of Armed Forces, National Defense University.
- Member ticket$10$100$0
- General Public ticket$15$150$0
- Fall 2020 Series Sponsor$50$500$0
- Student ticket$0$00$0