Past Ellsworth Lectures

Since 2013, this series has become an important forum in San Diego for discussing affairs in the Asia Pacific region, drawing audiences from the academy and beyond. Delivered by seasoned statesmen and experts, these remarks and themes are still relevant to the dialogue surrounding U.S.-China relations today.

"The Changing Geopolitics of East Asia"

2016 Ellsworth Lecture photosFourth annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy, Distinguished Scholar andFounding Director Emeritus, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

Date: March 28, 2016 
Time: 5:30 – 7
 p.m.
Location: Atkinson Pavilion, UC San Diego Faculty Club

Summary

The fourth annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture featured a discussion of “The Changing Geopolitics of East Asia” with Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy, Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director Emeritus, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.

Stapleton Roy’s ambassadorial assignments included Singapore, China and Indonesia. In this talk, he discussed the implications for the U.S. of the gradual erosion in its air and sea dominance in the Western Pacific caused by China's rapid military modernization. He also examined the factors that limit China's ability to dominate the region, including the difficulties China's leaders encounter in seeking to preserve the essentials of an authoritarian system in a country that is too open to the outside world, both politically and economically, to make this feasible over time.

Ambassador J. Stapleton RoySpeaker Bio

Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy is a distinguished scholar and founding director emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Stape Roy was born in China and spent much of his youth there during the upheavals of World War II and the communist revolution, where he watched the battle for Shanghai from the roof of the Shanghai American School. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service immediately after graduating from Princeton in 1956, retiring 45 years later with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the service. Read his full bio online.

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"U.S.-China Economic Relationship: Opportunities and Prospects"

Third annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial LectureView photos

Speaker: Robert D. Hormats, vice chair of Kissinger Associates Inc. and former under secretary of state for Economic, Energy and Environmen tal Affairs

Date: March 2, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: The Great Hall, UC San Diego

Summary

The third annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture featured a discussion of United States-China relations with Robert D. Hormats, currently the vice chair of Kissinger Associates Inc. and former under secretary of state for Economic, Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Mr. Hormats has worked extensively in Western Europe, China, India, Russia, the Middle East and South East Asia. His areas of expertise and experience include international trade and investment, intellectual property, foreign investment in the U .S., protection of trade secrets and global energy issues.

In his lecture, he discussed China's foreign policy under Xi Jinping, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by the U.S. as China's influence abroad continues to expand.

Robert HormatsSpeaker Bio

Robert Hormats is vice chair of Kissinger Associates Inc., a New York-based strategic international consulting firm that assesses and navigates emerging market geopolitical and macroeconomic risk. Previously, he served as under secretary of state for Economic, Energy and Environmental Affairs from September 2009 to July 2013.

This event was cosponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China with the International Affairs Group, UC San Diego.

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"China's Current Challenges and US-China Relations"

Second annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial LectureView photos

Speaker: Ambassador Clark T. Randt, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China

Date: May 6, 2014
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Great Hall, UC San Diego

Summary

China and its new leadership are at an important domestic policy crossroads just as the risk profile of their neighborhood in Northeast Asia is spiking. Ambassador Clark T. Randt, Jr. discussed these challenges and risks, and their importance for United States-China relations.

Ambassador Clark T. Randt, Jr.Speaker Bio

Ambassador Randt is the longest-serving United States Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. He is a diplomat, lawyer and businessperson with more than 30 years of direct experience in Asia. Randt was nominated by President George W. Bush, confirmed by the Senate and sworn into office as ambassador in July 2001. He served in the post until January 2009.

Randt graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in 1968 and received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1975. He also attended Harvard Law School where he was awarded the East Asia Legal Studies Traveling Fellowship to China. Randt serves on the boards of UPS and Qualcomm, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

"Obama and China’s Rise: An Insider’s Account of America’s Asia Strategy"

The Inaugural Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture(PDF)The Inaugural Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey A. Bader, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution

Date: May 12, 2013
Time: 5:15 - 7 p.m.
Location: The Great Hall, UC San Diego

Summary

Dr. Bader provided an overview of the Obama administration’s efforts to develop stable relations with China while improving relationships with key partners who are worried about Beijing’s new assertiveness. Bader discussed what steps were taken and interpreted what it meant—first during the Obama campaign, and then for the administration. He provided an illuminating backstage view of the formulation and execution of American foreign policy as well as a candid assessment of both.

Jeffrey Bader

Speaker Bio

Jeffrey Bader is a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. From 2009 until 2011, Bader was special assistant to the president of the United States for national security affairs at the National Security Council. In that capacity, he was the principal advisor to President Obama on Asia. Bader served from 2005 to 2009 as the director of the China Initiative and subsequently as the first director of the John L. Thornton China Center. His latest book, "Obama and China’s Rise: An Insider’s Account of America’s Asia Strategy," was published by Brookings Institution Press in March 2012.

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