China's Soft Power in the Developing World

March 11, 2009 • 2:00 – 4:30 pm EDT

CSIS Scholars presented findings from their latest publication China’s Soft Power and Implications for the United States: Cooperation and Competition in the Developing World

10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Session I: Chinese Views of Soft Power

Bonnie Glaser, Senior Associate, Freeman Chair of China Studies
Melissa Murphy, Fellow, Freeman Chair of China Studies
Moderated by Carola McGiffert, Senior Fellow and Director, Smart Power Initiative

Session II: China's Soft Power, the Developing World, and the United States

Jon Alterman, Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Program
Jennifer Cooke, Director, Africa Program
Katherine Bliss, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Americas Program
Brian Harding, Research Associate, Southeast Asia Program
Moderated by Carola McGiffert, Senior Fellow and Director, Smart Power Initiative

The Smart Power Initiative features policymakers, practitioners and opinion leaders from around the world and across the political spectrum to engage in a discussion on U.S. Smart Power. The series is a spin-off of the CSIS Commission on Smart Power.

The China Smart Power Commission, CSIS has launched a high-level Commission, co-chaired by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and Hank Greenberg of C.V. Starr & Company.  The CSIS report on Chinese Soft Power informed the CSIS Commission on US-China Relations, which issued its report on March 4, 2009.  The Commission released a concrete set of policy recommendations for both the Obama administration and the 111th Congress on how the United States can work with China to bring to bear their respective soft power to promote the global public good, while simultaneously ensuring the protection of U.S. interests.

Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program
Katherine E. Bliss
Senior Fellow and Director, Immunizations and Health Systems Resilience, Global Health Policy Center

Bonnie S. Glaser