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PUSHBACK – The US whole-of-government hardening against China’s challenges: status, outlook and implications

April 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This lecture will cover the origins, development, implications and sustainability of the across-the-board hardening of US government policy and practice toward China over the past two years.

It will highlight bipartisan congressional support for the tougher administration posture but will also note weak public understanding and support.

Speaker: Dr. Robert Sutter

Robert Sutter is Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University. He also is Director of the School’s main undergraduate program involving over 1,000 students. Earlier he was Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University (2001-2011).

A Ph.D. graduate in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, Sutter has published 22 books, over 300 articles and several hundred government reports dealing with contemporary East Asian and Pacific countries and their relations with the United States. His most recent book (with Richard Ellings): Axis of Authoritarians: Implications of China-Russia Cooperation (NBAR 2018).

Sutter’s government career (1968-2001) saw service as the director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service, the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Pacific at the US Government’s National Intelligence Council, and the China division director at the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.









5:00 PM:  Registration and Cash Bar opens

5:45 PM: Program begins

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Q&A


Parking options at the Jefferson Hotel include street-side parking, valet parking, or self-parking at the Jefferson’s Main Lot, where a discounted rate of $7 is available. Find parking instructions for the Main Lot here.


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Date: April 24, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Venue Name: The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom
Address: 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States


Organizer Name: Richmond World Affairs Council