DCA academic lecture series continues with China talk

Dr. Thomas Christensen, a professor of politics at Princeton University, will be the third speaker in the 2018 academic lecture series on global issues Inside the Asian Cauldron sponsored by the Darien Community Association.  He will deliver his lecture, The rise of China and U.S. security Interests in Asia, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the DCA.

In addition to his teaching, Christensen directs the China and World Program at Princeton. He served from 2006 to 2008 in the Bush administration as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. His work focused on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security. Before arriving at Princeton, Christensen taught at Cornell and MIT.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, master’s degree  in international relations from University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Christensen has served on both the board of directors and the executive committee on U.S.-China Relations, and as a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2002 he was presented with a Distinguished Public Service Award by the U.S. Department of State.

In 2015, Christensen published The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power, widely acclaimed as an evenhanded analysis of China’s current position globally. Kirkus Review describes the book as “convincing arguments by a thoughtful, cool-headed China expert.”

Registration is available online at dariendca.org or through the DCA office. Single tickets for the Thursday morning series and the evening lecture will be sold for $30 at the door on a space-available basis.

For more information contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension 10.  The DCA is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien.