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Face to Face with Dexter Filkins: Journalism in a Fact-Optional World

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author, and writer for The New Yorker

June 15, 2017

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

5 pm Reception  | 6 pm Presentation

NMC’s Hagerty Center

“Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Asia”

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A Firsthand Report from Dr. David Shambaugh,
Director, China Policy Program, George Washington University

Introduction by Timothy J. Nelson, 
President, Northwestern Michigan College

Three years ago, IAF organized the region’s first conference on China. With regional businesses rapidly expanding partnerships with Asia, and NMC and TCAPs planning to increase education exchanges with China, IAF brought together 40 experts on foreign policy, business, education and culture to debate what these ties would mean for our region. Dr. David Shambaugh opened the conference with an outstanding presentation, China in the 21st Century: Are We Ready?

On June 28, Professor David Shambaugh returns to Traverse City after spending the last six months based in Singapore examining the shifting dynamics of international relations in Asia, particularly the roles of the United States and China.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear his firsthand report of what he discovered in key Asian capitals including New Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila and Hanoi.

PLUS, get an update on what’s happened between northern Michigan and China in the fields of education, business and tourism since the China Conference three years ago. What has grown? What has withered? And how have experts revised their thinking about the future?

Let’s continue the dialogue started in June 2014…

  • $15 – IAF Members
  • $20 – Non-IAF members

Includes Hors d’oeuvre Reception / cash bar

Tickets at MyNorth.com


More Info at tciaf.com or NMC’s Extended Ed, ph 231/996-1700


Dr. David Shambaugh’s Bio

Professor David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and Asia. He is also a life-long Traverse City (Old Mission) summer resident. He is a prolific author—his 2013 book, China Goes Global, and his 2016 book, China’s Future, were both selected by The Economist as best books of the year. He is currently the Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs, and Director of the China Policy Program, at George Washington University in Washington DC.

For the last six months, Dr. Shambaugh has been based in Singapore as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). During this period, he has traveled extensively throughout the region visiting nine out of ten Southeast Asian countries plus India. Based on his recent research in the region, he is now working on a new book on Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia.

Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he held the positions of Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) and Editor of The China Quarterly. He was also a nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution (1998-2015), previously directed the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1986-87), served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (2009-2015), and has been elected a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Asia-Pacific Council, and other public policy and scholarly organizations.

Professor Shambaugh is a frequent contributor to the international media, serves on a number of editorial boards, and has been a consultant to various governments, research institutions, foundations, and private corporations. As an author, he has published more than 30 books and 300 articles.

Professor Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan; M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; and his B.A. in East Asian Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Retired diplomats bring the world, and a dose of civility, to Traverse City

IAF Co-Chair Karen Puschel talked with local business leader Verne Powell to get his views on what’s happening in Turkey. Verne and his brother George started Great Lakes International Trading (GLIT) in 1983. During the past 34 years, Verne has traveled to Turkey frequently to oversee the export of Turkish dried fruits and vegetables to northern Michigan, developing long-time business partners and friends there. His views on what’s happening now in Turkey are borne of experience and perspective that come from his “deep dive” into the culture of that country. 

GLIT is IAF’s Event Sponsor for the event on April 20 featuring Lawrence Mandel, recently retired senior diplomat in Ankara. Thanks to Verne, you’ll be able to sample some of the delicious imports that GLIT brings from Turkey including the sweet dried apricots that are described in our interview. We are deeply thankful to Verne for taking the time to share his expertise with the IAF community.


A special thanks to our sponsors!

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