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Now in its 13th year, the JHU/APL Rethinking Seminar Series is once again offering informative talks on national security and defense issues given by distinguished speakers who are experts in various fields of national or international affairs. These seminars are held approximately one evening a month near the Pentagon.  Free and open to the public, the Rethinking Seminars provide in-depth, professional views on important topics. Each event will also be recorded and made available on this website in various formats.  The 2016-2017 Rethinking Seminar Series will focus on Rethinking Global Security Imperatives in a Time of Transition.

Besides streaming videos, this website also archives audio versions of each event, plus podcasts, bulletized notes taken during the talks, and any presentation files the speakers provide. Files from the 2016-2017 Series are offered in the Video Archives while those from past series are listed on both the Past Series and Speakers pages. Videos from recent years’ series are also available on the JHU/APL Seminars YouTube Playlist – Rethinking Seminar Series.

Speaker Change for Jan 17th:  President-elect Trump has named Mr. Peter Navarro to head his newly established White House National Trade Council.  Unfortunately, Mr. Navarro will not be available to speak at the January 17th Rethinking Seminar.  However, the seminar will still be conducted examining the same topic, albeit with a new speaker, Mr. Gordon Chang.  Mr. Chang was involved with Mr. Navarro’s Crouching Tiger book and documentary, and wrote the introduction to the book.  Mr. Chang’s bio is provided below. 

Tuesday, January 17th  
Marriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City (6:00 – 8:00 PM)

Mr. Gordon Chang
Author and Columnist 

Rethinking China's Economic and Military Rise

Gordon G. Chang is the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World (2006) and The Coming Collapse of China (2001). He is a columnist at The Daily Beast and a contributor at Forbes.com.  He blogs at World Affairs Journal and speaks at various venues both in the U.S. and abroad.

Chang lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades, most recently in Shanghai, as Counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss and earlier in Hong Kong as Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. His writings on China and North Korea have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and Barron's.  His media appearances have included CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, PBS, and the BBC.  He has spoken at several universities, international affairs organizations, and other institutions.  He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the Pentagon as well as industry and investor groups. Chang has appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

For the Rethinking Seminar, Mr. Chang will discuss the potential for war between the U.S. and China.  He will discuss China’s century of humiliation, the reasons for China’s rapid ascent both economically and militarily, what China wants from a strategic perspective moving forward, how war between the U.S. and China might come to pass, what if anything can be done to prevent war, and the role of U.S. allies and partners. In doing so, he will also discuss how China's internal problems, especially its economy and incomplete leadership transition, are causing Beijing to pursue a more provocative external approach because, in part, the Chinese military is becoming more influential in policymaking circles.


Previous Seminar

Professor Andrew S. Natsios

December 15, 2016
Rethinking Foreign Aid and International Development

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Future Seminars

Mr. Peter Wilson
February 6, 2017
Subversive and Disruptive Challenges to U.S. Alliances and Partnerships

Future Seminars >

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