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Perspectives on China's Transition - Susan Thornton, former Deputy Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, State Department

Story imageThe talk will be Perspectives on China's Transition and will focus on Chinese domestic politics and decisionmaking and implications for China's transition and relations with the U.S.  Ms. Thornton will discuss the role of institutions, interest groups and diverse local politics in policies that affect China's national and international decisions and strategies. 

Susan A. Thornton is a career foreign service officer of 19 years, currently on a one-year sabbatical at the National Defense University's Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  Her most recent assignment was as the Deputy Director of the State Department's Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs from 2007-2009.  Ms. Thornton served in our Embassy in Beijing as the head of the internal political unit from 2003-2007 and as Political/Economic reporting officer in Chengdu from 2001-2003.  Previous State Department assignments include Taiwan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia (where she will return for her next overseas posting) and she also served in Washington in the Office of Korean Peninsula Affairs.  Ms. Thornton received a Masters in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS and has a BA in Economics and Russian from Bowdoin College.  She speaks Mandarin and Russian, is a resident of Washington, DC and New Harbor, Maine and has three children.

Audience: open to the public

Location: Robertson Hall, Bowl 1

Date/Time: 04/21/10 at 4:30 pm - 04/21/10 at 6:00 pm

Category: CWP

Department: CWP