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What the US Can Learn From China: A Political Salon with Ann Lee

Demos, World Policy Institute, and the Eurasia Group Present:

A Political Salon with Ann Lee, author of What the US Can Learn From China

Introduction by Ian Bremmer

 Monday, February 6 at 6pm*
This event is by invitation only.
*Please note the earlier start time for this Political Salon. Due to building security, guests arriving after 6:30pm will not be admitted.

While the United States is still reeling from the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, China's economy weathered the global economic downturn in far better shape, and is now predicted to overtake the U.S. economy as the world's largest by 2020. In her new book, What the U.S. Can Learn From China: An Open-Minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor as Our Greatest Teacher, Ann Lee adds nuance to the debate over China's role in the global economy and as a rising world power, exploring the policies–from education to governance to foreign aid–that have made China a global power, and asking what U.S. businesses and policymakers can learn.  

Without ignoring China's shortcomings, particularly on the human rights front, Lee asks what factors are behind China's extraordinary growth, which has occurred despite one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world.  Looking at key areas like regulation, focus on the real economy, a longer policy horizon, and the "patient capital" concept, she demonstrates that the United States should not miss a vital opportunity to learn from China.  

What the U.S. Can Learn From China will be on sale at the event. 

About the Speaker:

Speaker Ann Lee is a Senior Fellow at Demos focusing on issues of global economics and finance. A former investment banker and hedge fund partner, she is a frequent media commentator on economic issues. Lee is also an adjunct professor of economics and finance at New York University and a former visiting professor at Peking University where she taught macroeconomics and financial derivatives. While she was teaching at Peking University, she also acted as an advisor to Chinese economic officials as well as to several large Chinese asset management firms. In addition to telelvision and radio appearances on Bloomberg, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NPR, her op-eds have appeared in such publications as The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Businessweek, Forbes, and Worth. She was educated at UC Berkeley, Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, and Havard Business School. 

About the Sponsors:

 The World Policy Institute, a non-partisan global think tank, engages fresh ideas and new voices from around the world to address critical shared challenges. WPI's Fellows program, regular public and private events, policy development, media activities, and flagship World Policy Journal provide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and debate. It seeks and promotes policy solutions in support of an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, effective global governance, and broadened security strategies.

Demos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization founded in 2000. Headquartered in New York City, Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals: a more equitable economy with widely shared prosperity and opportunity; a vibrant and inclusive democracy with high levels of voting and civic engagement; an empowered public sector that works for the common good; and responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world.

Eurasia Group is the world’s leading global political risk research and consulting firm. Their analysts monitor political, economic, social, and security developments in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. They also examine cross-border issues such as trade, energy and other commodities, financial regulation, climate change, and global health.

The Political Salon, organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media, regularly convenes a group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.

With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon. 




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