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Thomas Christensen

Thomas Christensen is an associate professor of Political Science at MIT. His research and teaching focus on international relations theory, the international relations of East Asia, and China's foreign relations. Professor Christensen has published a book, Useful Adversaries: Grand Strategy, Domestic Mobilization, and SinoAmerican Conflict, 1947–1958, and articles on several topics, including "Theater Missile Defense and Taiwan's Security," Orbis, Winter 2000; "China: Getting the Questions Right," with Richard K. Betts, The National Interest, Winter 200/01; and "Posing Problems without Catching Up," International Security, Vol. 25, No. 4, Spring 2001. He is currently studying the role of nationalism and ideology in Communist alliances in East Asia during the Cold War and how the legacy of U.S. Cold War alliances affect contemporary East Asian international relations. Professor Christensen is also working on projects relating to the growth of Chinese power, China's contemporary military doctrine, and American strategy toward East Asia.

Joseph Fewsmith

Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Political Science as well as Director of the East Asia Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Boston University. He is the author of four books: China Since Tiananmen: The Politics of Transition (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Elite Politics in Contemporary China (M.E. Sharpe, 2001), The Dilemmas of Reform in China: Political Conflict and Economic Debate (M.E. Sharpe, 1994), and Party, State, and Local Elites in Republican China: Merchant Organizations and Politics in Shanghai, 1980-1930 (University of Hawaii Press, 1985). His articles have appeared in such journals as Asian Survey, Comparative Studies in Society and History, The China Journal, The China Quarterly, Current History, The Journal of Contemporary China, and Modern China. He is also a research associate of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies at Harvard University.

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Cheng Li

Cheng Li is a senior fellow and director of research at the Brookings Institution's John L. Thornton China Center. Li grew up in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. In 1985, he came to the United States, where he received an MA in Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in political science from Princeton University. Before joining Brookings in 2006, Professor Li was the William R. Kenan Professor of Government at Hamilton College, where he had taught since 1991.

Li is the author/editor of numerous books, including Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform (1997), China's Leaders: The New Generation (2001), Bridging Minds across the Pacific: The Sino-U.S. Educational Exchange 1978–2003 (2005), China's Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy (2008), and China's Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation (forthcoming, 2010). He is also the principal editor of the Thornton Center Chinese Thinkers series published by the Brookings Institution Press.

Professor Li has advised a wide range of U.S. government, education, research, business, and nonprofit organizations on work in China. He has frequently appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, BBC, and PBS. Li also serves as a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a member of the Academic Advisory Team of the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group, a trustee of the Institute of Current World Affairs, an adviser to the World Bank, and a vice chairman of the Committee of 100.

Alice L. Miller
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Expertise: Chinese history, Chinese foreign policy, Chinese domestic politics

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Alice Lyman Miller is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and visiting associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford. She is also a senior lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Miller first joined the Hoover Institution in 1999 as a visiting fellow. Prior to coming to Stanford, Miller taught at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. From 1980–90, she was a professorial lecturer in Chinese history and politics at SAIS. From 1990–2000, she was associate professor of China Studies and, for most of that period, director of the China Studies Program at SAIS. She also held a joint appointment as adjunct associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins from 1996–99, and as adjunct lecturer in the Department of Government, Georgetown University from 1996–98. From 1974–90, Miller worked in the Central Intelligence Agency as a senior analyst in Chinese foreign policy and domestic politics, and branch and division chief, supervising analysis on China, North Korea, Indochina, and Soviet policy in East Asia. Miller has lived and worked in Taiwan, Japan, and the PRC, and she speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Miller's research focuses on foreign policy and domestic politics issues in China and on the international relations of East Asia. She is currently working as editor and contributor to the China Leadership Monitor, which, now in its fifth year, offers authoritative assessments of trends in Chinese leadership politics and policy to American policymakers and the general public. Additionally, she is working on two books. One, co-authored with SAIS Professor Richard Wich, surveys the international relation of Asia during the Cold War. The second, tentatively entitled The Evolution of Chinese Grand Strategy, 1550–Present, brings a historical perspective to bear on China's rising power in the contemporary international order.

Miller has published extensively on policy issues dealing with China, including several in the Hoover Digest. Others include "The Foreign Policy Outlook of China's Third Generation' Elite, with Liu Xiaohong, in The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform (David M. Lampton, ed., University of California Press, 2001), "The Late Imperial State," in festschrift for Franz Michael, The Modern Chinese State (David Shambaugh, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2000), and "Is China Unstable?" in Is China Unstable? (David Shambaugh, ed., M.E. Sharpe, 2000). She is the author of Science and Dissent in Post-Mao China: The Politics of Knowledge (University of Washington Press, 1996).

Miller won the Distinguished Teaching Award at Johns Hopkins University in 1994–95. Miller has been interviewed on Voice of America, National Public Radio, CNN, and in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, as well as press from Japan, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China.

Miller graduated from Princeton University in 1966, receiving a B.A. in Oriental Studies. She earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from George Washington University in 1969 and 1974. Formerly H. Lyman Miller, she transitioned in 2006.

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James Mulvenon

James Mulvenon is Deputy Director, Advanced Analysis at DGI's Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis. A specialist on the Chinese military, Dr. Mulvenon's research focuses on Chinese C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance), defense research/development/acquisition organizations and policy, strategic weapons programs (computer network attack and nuclear warfare), cryptography, and the military and civilian implications of the information revolution in China.

Dr. Mulvenon's book, Soldiers of Fortune (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2001), details the rise and fall of the Chinese military's multi-billion dollar international business empire. He has authored a chapter on Chinese civil-military relations in the recently published Civil-Military Change in China: Elites, Institutions, and Ideas after the 16th Party Congress (Carlisle Barracks, PA: US Army War College, 2004). His unclassified RAND monographs include Breaching the Great Firewall: Dissident Technologies Versus China's Internet Control Systems (DRR-3396), Shanghaied? The Economic and Political Implication of Cross-Strait Information Technology and Investment Flows (MG-143), Chinese Military Commerce and U.S. National Security (MR-907.0-CAPP), and Professionalization of the Senior Chinese Officer Corps: Trends and Implications (MR-901-OSD).

With the Center for Naval Analyses Corporation, Dr. Mulvenon is the co-organizer of the premier annual conference on the Chinese military and co-editor of its latest edited volume, entitled A Poverty of Riches: New Challenges and Opportunities in PLA Research (CF-189-NSRD). Previous edited volumes include The People's Liberation Army as Organization: Reference Volume v1.0 (CF-182-NSRD), Seeking Truth From Facts: A Retrospective on Chinese Military Studies in the Post-Mao Era (CF-160-CAPP), and The People's Liberation Army in the Information Age (CF-145-CAPP/AF).

Among his professional affiliations, Dr. Mulvenon is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association, and a member of the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations and the Association for Asian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and attended Fudan University in Shanghai from 1991 to 1992. Dr. Mulvenon is married to the former Mary Hampton of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. They reside in Burke, Virginia, with their daughters, Kate and Ellie.

Barry Naughton

Barry Naughton is an economist who specializes in China's transitional economy. He has written on economic policy-making in China, and issues relating to industry, foreign trade, macroeconomics and regional development in China. Naughton teaches at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies of the University of California at San Diego. In 1998, he was named the first So Kuanlok Professor of Chinese and International Affairs, and he currently (2001–2002) serves as Associate Dean. His study of Chinese economic reform, Growing Out of the Plan: Chinese Economic Reform, 1978–1993 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995) won the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize. His research on economic interactions among China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, focusing on the electronics industry, led to the edited volume The China Circle: Economics and Technology in the PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong (Brooking Institution, 1997).

Alan D. Romberg

Alan D. Romberg is Senior Associate and Director of the East Asia Program at The Henry L. Stimson, where he has been since 2000. He was Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff (1994-98), Senior Adviser and Director of the Washington Office of the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN (1998-99), and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy (1999-2000). He was Director of Research and Studies at the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1994, following almost ten years as C.V. Starr Senior Fellow for Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (1985-1994). A Foreign Service Officer from 1964 to 1985, his assignments included being Director of the State Department Office of Japanese Affairs and Staff Member at the National Security Council responsible for China. Mr. Romberg was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Deputy Spokesman of the Department from 1981-1985. His latest book is Rein In at the Brink of the Precipice: American Policy Toward Taiwan and U.S.-PRC Relations (Washington: Henry L. Stimson Center, 2003).

Robert L. Suettinger

Robert L. Suettinger currently is a consultant in private practice. Previously, he has been Director of Research for MBP Consulting Limited LLC, a Senior Policy Analyst at RAND and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Suettinger retired from federal government service at the end of 1998, having served for nearly 25 years in the intelligence and foreign policy bureaucracies. A China specialist by academic training (Columbia University M.A.), he joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1975. After several years as an analyst and manager in CIA's Directorate of Intelligence, he was assigned as Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Subsequently, he served for five years as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia on the National Intelligence Council (NIC).

Beginning in March 1994, Suettinger was Director of Asian Affairs on the National Security Council, where he assisted National Security Advisors Anthony Lake and Samuel R. Berger in the development of American policy toward East Asia. He returned to the NIC as National Intelligence Officer for East Asia in October 1997.

Suettinger is the author of Beyond Tiananmen: The Politics of US-China Relations, 1989–2000, published in June 2003 by The Brookings Institution.

Michael D. Swaine