About the Speaker
Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as President of CNAS from 2012-19 and as Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow from 2009-12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain and worked at the State Department, the National Security Council, and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
About the Moderator
Jiakun Jack Zhang is Assistant Professor of East Asian politics at the University of Kansas (KU) and directs the KU Trade War Lab. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. His dissertation examines when and why economically interdependent countries use military versus economic coercion in foreign policy disputes. He has been the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Fulbright Research Award, the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network, the Minerva Research Initiative DECUR Partnership, the Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, the Charles Koch Foundation Dissertation Grant, and the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Herb York Dissertation Fellowship. He is currently working on a number of research projects on the U.S.-China Trade War and on a book manuscript tentatively titled "Eulogy for Engagement: The National Security Implications of Economic Interdependence with China.”
Dr. Zhang holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a certificate in East Asian studies from Duke University and serves as the Chair of Student Affairs for the Duke Asian Alumni Alliance (DAAA). Prior to graduate school at UC San Diego, Dr. Zhang worked as a China researcher for the Eurasia Group and consulted for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Follow him on Twitter @HanFeiTzu.
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Supporting Conversation Sponsor
Gregory & Susanne Hoffmann
Supporting Series Sponsor
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About the Choices Election Issues Series
The 2020 presidential election will present the American people with consequential choices around international challenges and the future of U.S. foreign policy. In the eight weeks leading up to November 3, the International Relations Council will offer a series of insightful conversations with notable experts on foreign policy issues relevant to this year’s election and what comes next. Rather than advocate a particular approach or outcome, the nonpartisan Choices series will serve to inform voters through a presentation of historical context and a detailed examination of the foreign policy platforms of the major-party candidates. We welcome diverse perspectives and encourage the community to join us in meaningful discourse around these issues of global importance.
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