Following decades of enmity, on December 15, 1978, the United States and China announced the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries as of January 1, 1979. Diplomatic rapprochement offered hope that the countries would be able to look beyond their differences to cooperate on the global stage.

Join us on December 18, as the National Committee convenes a panel representing the diverse fields of business, diplomacy, arts and culture, and academic exchange to reflect on where the bilateral relationship was 40 years ago, is today, and may be headed in the future.  

 

Speaker Bios (in alphabetical order):

 

Cathy Barbash is a specialist in cultural diplomacy and creative industry development and an independent producer, working primarily with the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Cuba. Barbash has spent over 35 years managing and consulting to organizations including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the United States Department of State, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, Arts Midwest, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Juilliard School, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, China Shanghai International Arts Festival, and the China National Centre for the Performing Arts. She was the lead architect of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s current China tour/residency project. Since normalization of United States-Cuba relations, she has worked with La Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba, Casa de las Américas, and the Festival Jazz Plaza Havana.

A graduate of Harvard University, Barbash is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She received the 2018 Patrick Hayes Award from the International Society for the Performing Arts in recognition of her transformative leadership in the performing arts, and a 2015 Silver Magnolia Award from the Shanghai government in recognition of her longtime contributions to the economic and social development of the city.

 

Chas W. Freeman, Jr. is a senior fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He is the former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs (1993–1994), ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1989–1992), principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs (1986–1989), and chargé d'affaires in Bangkok (1984–1986) and Beijing (1981–1984). He served as vice chair of the Atlantic Council (1996-2008), co-chair of the United States China Policy Foundation (1996–2009), and president of the Middle East Policy Council (1997–2009).

He was the principal American interpreter during President Nixon's path-breaking 1972 visit to Beijing, the editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica article on diplomacy, and the author of America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle EastInteresting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of PrestigeAmerica’s Misadventures in the Middle EastThe Diplomat’s Dictionary; and Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy.

 

Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starr Insurance Companies.  Mr. Greenberg retired as Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG) in March 2005. He formed the American International Group, Inc. (AIG) as a Starr subsidiary, and served as that company’s chairman and CEO until March 2005. Under his nearly 40 years of leadership, AIG grew from an initial market value of $300 million to $180 billion, becoming the largest insurance company in the world.

He serves on the President’s Council on International Activities of Yale University, as Honorary Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, as Vice Chairman of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and as a member of the Board of the US-China Business Council.  He is the past chairman and director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and is active on the boards of many other civic and charitable organizations around the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been especially active and committed to development in Asia, having taken his first trip to China in 1975. In 1990, he was appointed as Shanghai’s first Chairman of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council by Mr. Zhu Rongii, then mayor. In 1994, Greenberg was appointed senior economic advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government. He was awarded “Honorary Citizen of Shanghai” in 1997. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Development Research Foundation and China Development Bank and numerous other distinguished boards and academies.

A decorated United States Veteran, Mr. Greenberg served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Captain and awarded the Bronze Star.  Mr. Greenberg was awarded the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for his service on D-Day on Omaha Beach in World War II. Later, his award was raised to that of Commandeur de I’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur, recognizing his leadership and contributions as chairman of AIG.

Mr. Greenberg is also the chairman of The Starr Foundation, a philanthropic organization initially funded by Cornelius Vander Starr’s estate. Under his leadership, the Starr Foundation has grown to become one of the largest private foundations in the United States. The Foundation has made more than $3 billion in grants worldwide to many academic, medical, cultural and public policy organizations around the world.

Greenberg received his pre-law certificate from the University of Miami and an LL.B from New York Law School. He has been granted honorary degrees from a number of institutions, including New York Law School, Brown University, Middlebury College, and The Rockefeller University.

Mr. Greenberg is married and has four children.

 

David M. Lampton is Hyman Professor and director of China Studies Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he currently is senior fellow at SAIS’ Foreign Policy Institute. He will be an Oksenberg-Rohlen fellow and research scholar at Stanford University’s Asia Pacific Research Center beginning in January 2019. Having started his academic career at the Ohio State University, Dr. Lampton is chairman of the Asia Foundation, former president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and former Dean of Faculty at SAIS. He now serves as a director of the National Committee. He is the author of Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000 (2001); The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (2008); and, The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (editor, Stanford University Press, 2001).

He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University where, as an undergraduate student, he was a fireman. Dr. Lampton has an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies. His newest book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was published in January 2014 and will be reissued in paperback with a new preface.

December 18, 2018 5:00pm to 7:00pm EST
Speaker(s): 
Cathy Barbash
Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Maurice R. Greenberg
David M. Lampton
Venue: 
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
New York, 10036
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