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U.S. National Security Policymaking and the Future of U.S.-China Relations: A Fireside Chat between Former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley (2005-2009, Cornell ’69) and Professor Jessica Chen Weiss

The Cornell Levinson Program in China and Asia-Pacific Studies is delighted to host a conversation on U.S. national security policymaking and the future of U.S.-China relations between Former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and Professor Jessica Chen Weiss on Wednesday, April 17, from 5 PM to 6:15 PM, at 120 Physical Sciences Building, followed by a reception from 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM at the Baker Portico.

This event is co-sponsored with Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, Cornell Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell Department of Government, and Cornell East Asia Program.

This hybrid event is free to attend.

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Stephen J. Hadley Bio:
Stephen Hadley is a principal of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm founded with Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, and Anja Manuel. He is an Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council and is also the former Board Chair of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

Mr. Hadley served for four years as the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from 2005 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Hadley was the Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, serving under then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Mr. Hadley had previously served on the National Security Council staff and in the Defense Department including as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy from 1989 to 1993.

During his professional career, Mr. Hadley has served on a number of corporate and advisory boards, including: the National Security Advisory Panel to the Director of Central Intelligence, the Department of Defense Policy Board, and the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He is also the editor of the book Hand-Off: The Foreign Policy George W. Bush Passed to Barack Obama.

Jessica Chen Weiss Bio:
Jessica Chen Weiss is the Michael J. Zak Professor for China and Asia-Pacific Studies in the Department of Government at Cornell University and nonresident senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute Center for China Analysis. From August 2021 to July 2022, she served as senior advisor to the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department on a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars (IAF-TIRS). Weiss is the author of Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her research appears in International Organization, China Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, and Review of International Political Economy. With commentary in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, and the Ezra Klein show, Weiss was profiled by the New Yorker and named one of Prospect Magazine's Top Thinkers for 2024. Weiss was previously an assistant professor at Yale University and founded FACES, the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford University. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.