Launched by the National Committee in 2005, the Public Intellectuals Program is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia to engage with the public and policy community.
Two former U.S. Secretaries of State — Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright — have served on our board. (Dr. Kissinger continues to be one of our board's vice chairs.) Two others joined us for their first visits to China before taking that job: Cyrus Vance in 1975 and Condoleezza Rice in 1998.