The China Diary of George H.W. Bush: The Making of a Global President

October 29, 2008 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
History and Public Policy Program
Asia Program
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project, Kissinger Institute on China-U.S. Relations, and Asia Program will co-sponser a discussion of The China Diary of George H.W. Bush: The Making of a Global President, by Jeffrey Engel. Comments will be provided by Stapleton Roy, director of the Wilson Center's Kissinger Institute and Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, professor of history at Georgetown University.

Jeffrey Engel, director of the George H. W. Bush School's Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs and assistant professor of history and public policy at Texas A&M, holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Cold War at 30,000 Feet: the Anglo-American Fight for Aviation Supremacy recently received the 2009 Paul Bridsall Prize from the American Historical Association and he is editor of Local Consequences of the Global Cold War (Stanford University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2008).

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker is professor of history at Georgetown University and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is a specialist in Sino-U.S. relations, and served as the first assistant deputy director for national intelligence for analytic integrity and standards, and analytic ombudsman in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She is the author and editor of several books, including Dangerous Strait: The U.S.-Taiwan-China Crisis, and Strait Talk: United States-Taiwan Relations and the Crisis with China (forthcoming).

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy is the director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Kissinger Institute on China-U.S. Relations. Ambassador Roy retired from the Foreign Service in January 2001 after a career spanning 45 years with the U.S. Department of State. A fluent Chinese speaker, Roy spent much of his career in East Asia, where his assignments included Bangkok (twice), Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing (twice), Singapore, and Jakarta. He also specialized in Soviet affairs and served in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Roy rose to become a three-time ambassador, serving as the top U.S. envoy in Singapore (1984-86), the People's Republic of China (1991-95), and Indonesia (1996-99). In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of career ambassador, the highest rank in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Roy's final post with the State Department was as assistant secretary for Intelligence and Research. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Ambassador Roy served as managing director of the strategic consulting firm Kissinger Associates.

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