Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall
Stanford University
February 19th-20th, 2009

 

Day 1: China’s Role, Motivations, and Foreign Policy 

 


8:30-9:00 AM Introduction  


Opening remarks, goals of the conference, and introducing participants. 


9:00-10:30 AM Chinese Foreign Policy in Theory and in Practice in the 21st Century

 

An examination of China’s approach to foreign policy and its relevance for China’s behavior toward Myanmar (Burma), Chad, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. Is there a difference between China’s stated and actual foreign policy, especially with regards to its policy of non-interference? Has China changed its approach in response to international pressure? In what way does China cooperate with the international community to resolve these crises? Panelists include: 

 

Jin Canrong, Deputy Director at the Center for American Studies and Professor of the School of International Studies at Renmin University (tentative) 

 

Yang Baoyun, Professor of the School of International Studies, Peking University 

 

Don Keyser, Pantech Fellow at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University 

 

Moderator: Dan Sneider, associate director for research at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. 

 

 

10:30-10:45 AM Break 

 

10:45-12:30 PM The Internal Dynamics of the Crises in Chad, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, and Zimbabwe

 

A discussion of the internal dynamics of the crises in Myanmar (Burma), Chad, Sudan, and Zimbabwe with special attention to China’s role. What are the root causes of these crises and why have they been protracted? What are the key obstacles in reaching a resolution? In what ways does China’s economic, political and military presence in each country influence the crises? Is China’s role decisive? Panelists include: 

 

Priscilla Clapp, Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar (Burma) 

 

Tin Maung Maung Than, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies 

 

Omer Ismail, founder, Darfur Union and Fellow at the CARR Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University 

 

Jerry Fowler, President of the Save Darfur Coalition 

 

Mark Ashurst, Director of the Africa Research Institute, former BBC Africa Business Editor, and journalist 

 

Moderator: Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and FSI. 

 

 

12:30-1:30 PM  Lunch  

 

 

1:30-3:00 PM Understanding China’s Role and Motivations

 

A discussion of the various motivations (political, economic, and otherwise) that influence China’s behavior towards these countries.  What is the nature of China’s participation in these countries? Do China’s constraints and interests prevent it from advancing international efforts to resolve these crises? Panelists include: 

 

Jason Qian, Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project and Research Associate at Harvard Business School 

 

John Knaus, Senior Program Officer for Asia at the National Endowment for Democracy 

 

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society 

 

Colonel Chris Starling, active duty, National Security Affairs Fellow 2007-2008, Hoover Institution 

 

Moderator: Nick Hope, Director of the Stanford Center for International Development

 

(End of public program for day 1) 

 

 

3:00-3:15 PM  Break 

 

 

3:15-6:15 PM Working Session (Panelists and Specially Invited Participants Only, Not Open to the Public)

 

Participants discuss conclusions and exchange ideas about possible solutions and policy responses. 

 

Goal: Policy recommendations, proposals, and future collaboration will develop out of this discussion.  Tangible products include an agenda for a strategic dialogue between (minimally) the United States and China on responding to urgent international crises and a proposed framework defining the differentiated responsibilities of China, the United States, and the international community in resolving the crises identified in this conference: Myanmar (Burma), Chad, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. 

 

Currently confirmed participants in this working session include listed panelists and moderators as well as: 

 

Henry Rowen, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Member of the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University

 

Robert Rotberg, Director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Harvard University

 

 John Kamm, Founder of the Dui Hua Foundation and human rights activist

 

 

(Dinner will be provided for the participants after the working session) 

 

 

Day 2: Presentation of Policy Recommendations and Keynote Address  

 

 

9:00-11:00 AM Continuation of the Working Session 

 

 

11:00-12:30 PM Policy Agenda Moving Forward (Open to the Public) 

 

A presentation of some of the solutions and policy recommendations developed during the working session. What are the differentiated responsibilities of China, the United States, and the International Community in resolving these crises? Question and answer session to follow presentation. 

 

Discussants: Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations 

 

Dr. Tom Fingar, Payne Distinguished Lecturer, Stanford University Department of Political Science 

 

Richard Joseph, John Evans Professor of International History and Politics at Northwestern University 

 

Moderator: David Victor, Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University 

 

 

12:30-1:30 PM Lunch and Closing/Keynote Address (Ambassador Richard Williamson)