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Virtual Event: The World Today - Will COVID-19 Infect the U.S.-China Relationship?
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
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As the global COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world, it has revealed much about China, the U.S., and the competition between the two.

As both the Chinese Communist Party and the U.S. government have bungled their responses to the outbreak and blamed each other for the growing pandemic, what will COVID-19 mean for U.S.-China relations and what lessons may this moment hold for future competition and cooperation between the two most powerful countries on earth?

In this virtual edition of The World Today, Jacques deLisle, Amy Gadsden, and Avery Goldstein will discuss these questions and more with Michael Horowitz, the Interim Director of Perry World House and Professor of Political Science.

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Jacques deLisle is Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China. His research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including: legal reform and its relationship to economic reform and political change in China, China’s engagement with the international order, and U.S.-China relations. His writings on these subjects appear in a variety of fora, including international relations journals, edited volumes of multidisciplinary scholarship, and Asian studies journals, as well as law reviews. DeLisle is also professor of political science, director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at Penn and director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has served frequently as an expert witness on issues of P.R.C. law and government policies and is a consultant, lecturer and advisor to legal reform, development and education programs, primarily in China.

Amy Gadsden is Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and the Executive Director of Penn China Initiatives. As Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Dr. Gadsden works with Penn’s schools and centers to develop and implement strategies to increase Penn’s global engagement both on campus and overseas. She oversees Penn Global’s reporting offices, including International Student and Scholar Services, Penn Abroad, Global Support Services, Global Initiatives, and Perry World House. She oversees the China Research and Engagement Fund, the India Research and Engagement Fund, and the Global Engagement Fund. In 2016, Dr. Gadsden was named executive director of Penn China Initiatives to coordinate and develop University strategy and activity in China. In this role she works closely with the Penn Wharton China Center. Before coming to Penn, Dr. Gadsden spent more than a decade working in the foreign policy field with a focus on China. She holds a B.A. from Yale College and a Ph.D. in Chinese legal history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Avery Goldstein is the David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations in the Political Science Department, Inaugural Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Associate Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on international relations, security studies, and Chinese politics. He is the author of Rising to the Challenge: China’s Grand Strategy and International Security (Stanford University Press, 2005), Deterrence and Security in the 21st Century: China, Britain, France and the Enduring Legacy of the Nuclear Revolution (Stanford University Press, 2000), and From Bandwagon to Balance of Power Politics: Structural Constraints and Politics in China, 1949-1978 (Stanford University Press, 1991). Among his other publications are articles in the journals International Security, International Organization, Journal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Comparative Politics, Orbis, and Polity as well as chapters in a variety of edited volumes. Goldstein is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.