EPIIC Symposium 2021 - Video Recordings

China and the World

The 36th Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium

March 18-20, 2021


Symposium Schedule

Thursday, March 18

Keynote Address: Ambassador Harry Harris

Welcome: Dr. Nadine Aubry, Provost, Tufts University

Introduction: Dr. Abi Williams, Director, Institute for Global Leadership; Professor of the Practice of International Politics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Ambassador Harry Harris, outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and four-star Admiral and Commander of PACOM


Friday, March 19

China-US-Russia: Multipolarity or Polar Opposites?

  • Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at St Cross College at Oxford University.
  • Minister Counselor Piao Yangfan, served as Chinese National Coordinator for Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and she is currently serving as Minister Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in the United States.
  • Richard Weitz, senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute.


Turbulent Tides: The South China Sea

  • Anthony Clark Aren,  Professor of Government and Foreign Service and Chair of the Department of Government.
  • Elina Noor, director, political-security affairs and deputy director, Washington, D.C. Office at the Asia Society Policy Institute.
  • Rockford Weitz, professor of practice, entrepreneur coach, and director of the Maritime Studies Program at The Fletcher School of Tufts University.


China and the Global Order: International Institutions

  • James Bacchus, Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida and a member of the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies.
  • Hugh Dugan, international affairs scholar and an expert on United States participation in the United Nations Organization with a distinguished career in diplomatic representation, negotiation, and corporate governance
  • Richard Gowan, UN Director for the International Crisis Group. He oversees Crisis Group's advocacy work at the United Nations, liaising with diplomats and UN officials in New York.


Expert-Led Discussion "Beyond the Galwan Valley: The Future of India-China Relations"

  • Prateek Joshi is pursuing his doctorate in philosophy from St Antony's College, University of Oxford, where his research centers on the intellectual history of India’s foreign policy.
  • Aman Thakker is the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Scholar at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford and an adjunct fellow with the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He is also a contributing author with The Diplomat. Previously, he was a research associate with the Wadhwani Chair at CSIS, where he focused his research on India’s domestic reform agenda and evolving security dynamics in the Indo-Pacific.


Expert-Led Discussion "China and the Global South"

  • Emmanuel Matambo is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg. The Centre is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg and Nanjing Tech University. While he has published academic articles on a range of topics from conflict resolution, contemporary terrorism, educational theory and African agency, his main interest is on the growing China-Africa relationship.
  • Margaret Myers is the director of the Asia & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. She established the Dialogue’s China and Latin America Working Group in 2011 to examine China’s growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Saturday, March 20


Rule of Law: Chinese Nationalism and Human Rights

  • Margaret Lewis, Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School. Lewis’s research focuses on law in China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice and human rights.
  • Lhadon Tethong is the Director of the Tibetan Action Institute. She is one of the most influential young leaders and recognizable faces in the Tibetan freedom movement and was awarded the first annual James Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. A Tibetan born in Canada, she served previously as Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet.
  • Yaqiu Wang, China researcher at Human Rights Watch, working on issues including internet censorship, freedom of expression, protection of civil society and human rights defenders, and women’s rights.


Buckling the Belt: Environment and Development and the Belt and Road Initiative

  • Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, post-doctoral scholar at the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University. He is an expert on climate finance and international climate negotiations.
  • Elizabeth Losos is a senior fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. She is currently exploring how to plan for and optimize the environmental impact of infrastructure expansion in Asia, Africa, and Europe that is stimulated by China’s new silk road initiative.
  • Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme.
  • Jennifer Turner, has been the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 18 years where she creates meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, particularly on water, energy and green civil society issues. 


Expert-Led Discussion "Sino-Black Relations"

  • Keisha A. Brown is an assistant professor of history at Tennessee State University in the Department of History, Political Science, Geography, and Africana Studies. Dr. Brown is an Asian studies scholar with a regional focus on East Asia specializing in modern Chinese history. Dr. Brown’s research examines networks of difference in China used to understand the Black foreign other through an investigation of the social and political context that African Americans navigated and negotiated during their time in Maoist China. 


Expert-Led Discussion "The Chinese Cinema Culture"

  • Michael Berry is the Director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, and his areas of research include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese cinema, popular culture in modern China, and literary translation.