SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

US-China Relations: Forces Shaping Current and Future Trajectories

Prof. Evan S. Medeiros (Georgetown University)

Date: 8 May 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 8 May 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SG36

Type of Event: Round Table

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.


The U.S.-China relationship is changing in important and perhaps enduring ways. It is now defined more by competition than cooperation, with the U.S. publicly labeling China as a "strategic competitor." The differences in U.S. and Chinese interests now transcend security and economics, and have come to embrace issues of technology - and perhaps even ideas and ideology. The current trade negotiations are unlikely to solve these problems over the long-term, and may only provide short-term relief to both sides. The combination of Xi Jinping's new and more ambitious rhetoric about China's global role combined with President Trump's "America First" foreign policy puts the U.S. and China on a pathway to long-term competition. Indeed, the Trump team and perhaps even Beijing are developing policies based on that very eventuality. Drawing from his background as both a scholar and a practitioner, Prof. Evan Medeiros will examine the fundamental sources of US-China competition and assess the future trajectory of the most important relationship in global affairs.


Professor Evan S. Medeiros is the Penner Family Chair in Asia Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His research and teaching focuses on the international politics of East Asia, U.S.-China relations and China’s foreign and national security policies. He has published several books and articles, and regularly provides advice and commentary to global corporations and the international media.

Prof. Medeiros previously served for six years on the staff of the National Security Council as Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia, and then as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia. In the latter role, Prof. Medeiros served as President Obama's top adviser on the Asia-Pacific and was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific across the areas of diplomacy, defence policy, economic policy, and intelligence. He was actively involved in all aspects of US-China relations for six years, including several US-China summits.

In recent years Prof. Medeiros advised multinational companies on Asia in his role as Managing Director for Asia-Pacific at Eurasia Group. Prior to joining the White House, Prof. Medeiros also worked for seven years as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. From 2007-2008, he also served as policy advisor to Secretary Hank Paulson working on the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue at the Treasury Department.

Prof. Medeiros holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from LSE; an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Fulbright Scholar; an M.A. in China Studies from SOAS; and a B.A. degree in Analytic Philosophy from Bates College, Maine.

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