Since the signing of the Shanghai Communiqué 35 years ago, American think tanks, NGOs, and academic institutions have played pivotal roles in providing a stimulus for policy dialogues and for exchanging views among American and Chinese (as well as other Asians) on international relations and issues of Northeast Asian security.

To ascertain the extent of that role, the National Committee conducted a survey in 2003 of programs addressing Sino-American relations and security issues. The report was commissioned by The Ford Foundation and the results provided solely to the Foundation. In 2005 and 2006, the Committee updated that report, again at the behest of the Ford Foundation.

Thirty-four relevant institutions were selected for the update. All but a few responded; information about those who did not was gleaned from their websites. Criteria for inclusion in the report was a focus on U.S.-China relations and northeast Asia security issues in a bilateral or multilateral context. See the introduction of the report for a full explanation of the survey parameters.

The National Committee is grateful to those who spent time filling out the questionnaires and answering follow-up queries, both written and by phone.

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