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LIVE from the NYPL: THE WORLD IN 2050: China the Superpower? The Atlantic Day of Ideas


Is China'cs rise as the global superpower inevitable? What will be the socio-economic and political implications of China's emergence for the world in 2050? What will America and the world be like in China's economic shadow?

A Town Hall discussion moderated by James Bennet.

Robert Kaplan
Minxin Pei
Jonathan Spence
Arthur Waldron

This event is co-presented by The Atlantic and sponsored by British Airways










About James Bennet

James Bennet is The Atlantic's newly appointed editor, joining the publication in early 2006. Before joining the Atlantic staff, Bennet was the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times. During his three years in Israel, his coverage of the Middle East conflict was widely acclaimed for its balance and sensitivity. Bennet is a graduate of Yale University who began his journalism career at The Washington Monthly. Prior to his work in Jerusalem, he served as the Times' White House correspondent and was preparing to join its Beijing bureau when he was offered the Atlantic editorship.



About Robert D. Kaplan

Robert D. Kaplan is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis. He is the best-selling author of eleven books on international affairs and travel, translated into many languages. His latest work is Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground. In the 1980s, Kaplan was the first American writer to warn in print about a future war in the Balkans. Besides The Atlantic, Kaplan's essays have appeared on the editorial pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has been a consultant to the U. S. Army's Special Forces Regiment, the U. S. Air Force, and the U. S. Marines. Kaplan has delivered the Secretary of State's Open Forum Lecture at the U. S. State Department. He has reported from 100 countries.

About Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei is a senior associate and director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 1991 and taught politics at Princeton University from 1992 to 1998. His main interest is U.S.-China relations, the development of democratic political systems, and Chinese politics. He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union and China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy. His research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy and many edited books. His op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and other major newspapers.

About Jonathan Spence

Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, teaches in the field of Chinese history from around 1600 to the present, and on Western images of China since the middle ages. His books include The Death of Woman Wang; The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci; The Question of Hu; Chinese Roundabout: Essays on History and Culture; The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution 1895-1980; The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds; and God's Chinese Son. His research often takes him to many Chinese Universities.




About Arthur Waldron

Arthur Waldron is an academic, a historian, a China scholar, and a China hawk. He and many of his ideas have been associated with the so-called Blue Team, an informal group that presses for China policy that emphasizes military deterrence over diplomatic and economic engagement. Waldron is the University of Pennsylvania's Lauder Professor of International Relations, as well as vice president of the International Assessment and Strategy Center. He has ties to numerous other think tanks, including the Center for Security Policy, the Project for the New American Century, the Jamestown Foundation, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute.