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Tickets Now on Sale for “China Changes the Guard”

Academic Lecture Series tickets for “China Changes the Guard” are now available from the DCA. (Image of Xi Jinping and Hu Jintao credit: Reuters)
Academic Lecture Series tickets for “China Changes the Guard” are now available from the DCA. (Image of Xi Jinping and Hu Jintao credit: Reuters)

The Darien Community Association's 2014 Academic Lecture Series on Global Issues, entitled "China Changes the Guard" will explore the implications of China's recent regime change. The four Thursday morning lectures will be held on January 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 10:00am at the DCA. An evening lecture will be held Monday, January 27th at 8:00pm. Series tickets are now on sale until January 6th, 2014.

China's relationship with the world has changed dramatically within the past ten years. No longer an emerging power, it is now a leader in international commerce and global diplomacy. The recent regime change has reshuffled the deck and possibly changed the direction of China's foreign policy decisions for the future. The series will begin by looking at the internal leadership and policy changes over the past five years, leading up to the appointment of President Xi Jinping. After only eight months on the job, he appears to be firmly in power and eager for change. The series will also focus on China's impact on the world and its often fragile relationships with both western powers as well as neighbors in the east.

Five experts have been invited to discuss the most important global issues of China's new direction. Lectures begin January 9th with "China in the Age of Ambition: New Leaders, New Challenges," presented by Evan Osnos, China Correspondent at "The New Yorker" magazine, and author of the "Letter from China" blog at newyorker.com. David Shambaugh, a board member of the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations and a director at George Washington University, follows on January 16th with "China Goes Global," which is also the title of his recent book.

On January 23rd, Charles Freeman II of Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC, and past Assistant US Trade Representative for China Affairs will speak on "The Digital Dragon: China's Role in Cyberspace." The final morning lecture entitled "China's Maritime Neighbors" will be presented by Sheila Smith from the Council on Foreign Relations on January 30th.

On Monday, January 27th our evening lecture - "The New Guard's Agenda: U.S. - China Relations" - will be presented by Ken Lieberthal, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution and the author of over 20 books on China. Prior to joining Brookings, Mr. Lieberthal was a special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia on the National Security Council. The lecture will begin at 8:00pm, preceded by a reception at 7:30pm.

Register for the series now by mailing a check, made payable to DCA Lectures, to Amy Squyres, One Mansfield Place, Darien, CT 06820. Tickets for the morning series are available until January 6th, 2014, at $80, or $65 for DCA members. Tickets for the evening lecture and reception are $25. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope or pick up prepaid tickets at the door. Some single lecture tickets will be available at the event ($25). For more information, view dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. To be added to the email and mailing list for future Academic Lecture Series events, please send your email and mailing address to info@dariendca.org. The DCA is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien.

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