Seeking Common Ground: The Future of U.S.-China Relations

Lecture Series

Friday, March 12, 2021



Join International House as we partner with International Houses Worldwide for a conversation with Elizabeth Economy and Daniel Russel, live from Davis Hall at International House New York. Moderated by Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, these distinguished scholars will share their insights on the major issues facing the U.S.-China relationship in the years ahead, in the first of a four-part series of in-depth discussions on the relationship between the world’s two greatest powers – and their citizens. With their extensive, behind-the-scenes knowledge, Economy, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Council on Foreign Relations, and Russel, Vice President for International Security & Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute, will lead a thought-provoking discussion and take questions from International House residents.



Elizabeth Economy is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her forthcoming book, The World According to China, explores China’s foreign policy ambitions and their impact on the international system. Her most recent book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping & the New Chinese State, was shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize. In 2018, she was named one of the “10 Names That Matter on China Policy” by Politico Magazine.

Daniel Russel is Vice President for International Security & Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI). A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs. Prior to that appointment, Russel served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Asian Affairs.


Ambassador Frank G. Wisner is Chair of the Board of Trustees of International House and an International Affairs Advisor at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP.  Wisner has served as the United States Ambassador to India, the Philippines, Egypt, and Zambia, and as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs, Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, and Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State.  After leaving government service, Wisner joined the American International Group, where he was named Vice Chairman, External Affairs.  He returned to government in 2005 to represent the Secretary of State as her special representative to the Kosovo status talks.


Registration is required.

This event is presented by International House New York as part of the International Houses Worldwide Network.

Elizabeth Economy

Daniel Russel

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner