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April 13, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Biden Administration & East Asia

Speaker: Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens

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Under the Trump Administration US relations with Asia were constantly evolving in surprising directions. While US-China relations worsened significantly due to trade and tech wars, Trump developed an unprecedented relationship with the North Korean regime, marking the start of a new strategy towards working with the secretive country.

Now, President Biden’s administration must pick up where the previous administration left off. Early reports indicate that the new administration will remain tough on China, however many questions still need to be answered. How will the US leverage relationships with other countries in the region? How does the economic and political impact of Covid-19 factor in? Where does the US stand with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the largest trading block in the world that includes China and 14 other countries? How will our national security relationship with China evolve as tech companies become more intertwined across borders? Finally, what do these economic and political relationships mean for human rights concerns, such as the electoral system conflict in Hong Kong and the coup in Myanmar?


To help us explore these questions, CCWA and the OSU East Asian Studies Center have invited Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens from the LBJ School at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Greiten’s work focuses on East Asia, American national security and authoritarian politics and foreign policy. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, an adjunct fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, and a member of the Digital Freedom Forum at the Center for a New American Security.


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Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens

Sheena Chestnut Greitens is an associate professor at the LBJ School, as well as a faculty fellow with the Clements Center for National Security and a distinguished scholar with the Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  Her work focuses on East Asia, American national security and authoritarian politics and foreign policy.   Her first book, Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence (Cambridge, 2016) received several academic awards, and her work on China and North Korea has appeared in journals and edited volumes in English, Chinese and Korean, as well as in major media outlets. 

From January 2015 to August 2020, Dr. Greitens was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri, and co-director of the University’s Institute for Korean Studies.  She holds a doctorate from Harvard University; an M.Phil from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar; and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.