This event is co-sponsored by the National Committee
on United States - China Relations (NCUSCR)
China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts.
The National Committee is pleased to present the eighth annual program, which will feature a live webcast with Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, as part of the Conversations at The Carter Center speaker series, followed by local presentations from on-site China specialists addressing topics of particular interest to the community.
National speaker (via webcast): President Jimmy Carter
Please join us at this amazing event, where President Jimmy Carter will discuss the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China 35 years ago, when he was President, as well as current issues in Sino-American relations.
Madison speaker (live): Thomas J. Bickford, Ph.D., Asia Analyst in CNA's China Security Affairs Group; Senior Research Scientist for China Studies / China Security Affairs at the Center for Naval AnalysesThomas J. Bickford, Ph.D., will be our visiting speaker in Madison. At CNA, his research has focused on Chinese maritime strategy, Chinese national security policy, and China’s relations with its neighbors.
Dr. Thomas J. Bickford is a senior research scientist in the China Security Affairs Group and currently focuses on Chinese maritime strategy, Chinese national security policy, and China’s relations with its neighbors. His previous work includes several articles and book chapters on Chinese civil-military relations, professional military education, and internal security. Before joining CNA, he was an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he taught international relations and Chinese politics. He is also a former associate director of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Dr. Bickford has lived and studied in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and has conducted extensive field research in China. He has a B.A. in East Asian studies from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in international studies from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.