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US-China STEEPP Issues

STEEPP: security, technology, economics, environment, public health and politics

The US-China STEEPP Dialogue brings faculty, students, and scholars together to discuss the state of US-China relations with a focus on STEEPP Issues: security, technology, economics, environment, public health, and politics. The goal is to uncover the deeper structure of the bilateral relationship: its dynamics of security and insecurity, perception and misperception, identity and power.


US-China Economic Decoupling: Myth or Reality?

April 5, 12-1:30 p.m.
Zarrow Hall 145

March 20, 2023: The Institute for US-China Issues hosted a zoom talk with Shen Dingli. Shen is a professor and former executive dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, and former Director of the Center for American Studies. He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

November 9, 2022: The Institute for US-China Issues, with the Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies, co-sponsored a talk with Ambassador Chas Freeman, Visiting Scholar, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University.

On October 25, 2022, the OU Institute for US-China Issues hosted this Zoom talk with Dr. Zhao Hai, Director of International Political Studies, National Institute for Global Strategy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS); Research Fellow, Institute of World Economics and Politics, CASS, Beijing. Dr. Zhao’s research focuses on China-US relations, Chinese foreign policy, and global governance. Besides academic publications, he is also a frequent international affairs opinion contributor to the China Daily and a guest commentator at the China Radio International (CRI) and the China Global Television Network (CGTN). Previously, Zhao worked as a research fellow at the National Strategy Institute of Tsinghua University (NSI) and held various think-tank positions in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

On March 30, 2022, The Institute for US-China Issues hosted a talk with Alastair Iain Johnston, Governor James Albert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs, Government Department, Harvard University. Johnston has written on socialization theory, identity and political behavior, and strategic culture, mostly with application to the study of East Asian international relations and Chinese foreign policy. He is currently interested in the effects of social media on inter-state security dilemmas. Johnston is the author of Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History (Princeton, 1995) and Social States: China in International Institutions, 1980-2000 (Princeton, 2008).

On March 2, 2022, the OU Institute for U.S.-China Issues hosted a Zoom talk with Dr. Cheng Li, Director of the John L. Thornton China Center, Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings, and director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Li focuses on the transformation of political leaders, generational change, the Chinese middle class, and technological development in China. He is the author of numerous books, including Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement (2021).

On December 1, 2021, the Institute for US-China Issues hosted Mark Cohen of the University of California, Berkeley. Discussant was Timothy Hsieh, Assistant Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law. Mark Cohen is a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Guest Professor at Renmin University, China.

On November 3, 2021, the Institute for US-China Issues hosted Denis Simon of Duke University for the talk "The Expanded Role of Science and Technology and Education in China's Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for the US. Simon is Senior Adviser to the President for China Affairs and Professor of China Business and Technology at Duke University.

On October 21, 2021, the Institute for US-China Issues hosted a talk, "State Capture in Chain? China's Super-rich and Their Relationship to the Communist Party," by Newman Post-doctoral Fellow Zhu Zhang, who conducts research in comparative politics with a focus on Chinese politics and state-business relations.

On April 29, 2021, the Institute hosted "The Past, Present, and Future of US-China Relations," a conversation with Aaron L. Friedberg of Princeton University. Watch the webinar below.