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Thomas J. Christensen

Thomas J. Christensen is the William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University. From 2006-2008 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan, and Mongolia. His research and teaching focus on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security. Before arriving at Princeton in 2003, he taught at Cornell University and MIT. He received his B.A. from Haverford College, M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Professor Christensen has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and as co-editor of the International History and Politics series at Princeton University Press. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Non-Resident Senior Scholar at the Brookings Institution. In 2002 he was presented with a Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of State.  [homepage]

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Alastair Iain Johnston

Alastair Iain Johnston is the Laine Professor of China in World Affairs in the Government Department at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include socialization in international institutions, the analysis of identity in the social sciences, and ideational sources of strategic choice, mostly with reference to China and the Asia-Pacific region. Johnston has consulted for the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense, has taught mini-courses on Chinese foreign policy at the European Commission, and has participated in a number of Council on Foreign Relations working groups and task forces. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control. Johnston is on the editorial boards of Stanford University Press' Asian Security Series, International Organization, The China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Pacific Review, The Cambridge Review of International Studies, World Economics and Politics (Beijing), and the Chinese Journal of International Politics (Beijing) He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. [homepage]

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Yan Chang Bennett is the Assistant Director for the China and the World Program. Before coming to Princeton, Ms. Bennett was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and served overseas in China and Bosnia-Herzegovina.  In China, she served as Vice Consul and had the opportunity to report on U.S. corporate labor practices, intellectual property issues, and the results of a municipal election in Guangdong Province.  In Bosnia, Ms. Bennett served as Special Assistant to the Ambassador and supported senior staff in achieving foreign policy objectives.  She has received awards for superior performance from the State Department, including a personal commendation from Secretary Powell. Ms. Bennett has a B.A. in Political Science and received an M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliot School at George Washington University.  She holds a JD and practiced in the areas of business and international law.