Upcoming USCI Events
Carl Minzner：End of An Era
Date：Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Location：USC, Room TBA
Cost：Free, please rsvp.
China's reform era is ending. Core factors that characterized it - political stability, ideological openness, and rapid economic growth-are unraveling. Since the 1990s, Beijing's leaders have firmly rejected any fundamental reform of their authoritarian one-party political system, even as a decades-long boom has reshaped China's economy and society. On the surface, their efforts have been a success.
But as Carl Minzner shows, a closer look at China's reform era reveals a different truth. Economic cleavages have widened; ideological polarization deepened. And China's leaders are now progressively cannibalizing institutional norms and practices that have formed the bedrock of the regime's stability since 1978. Technocratic rule is giving way to black-box purges; collective governance sliding back towards single-man rule. The post-1978 era of "reform and opening up" is ending. China is closing down. Uncertainty hangs in the air as a new future slouches towards Beijing to be born. End of an Era explains how China arrived at this dangerous turning point, and outlines the potential outcomes that could result.
Barbara Finamore：Will China Save the Planet?
Date：Thursday, April 11, 2019
Location：USC, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, ASC 204
Cost：Free, please rsvp.
With the United States backing away from commitments to address climate change, will China take the lead in saving our planet from environmental catastrophe? Many signs point to yes. China, the world's largest carbon emitter, is leading a global clean energy revolution, phasing out coal consumption and leading the development of a global system of green finance.
But as leading China environmental expert Barbara Finamore explains, it is anything but easy. The fundamental economic and political challenges that China faces in addressing its domestic environmental crisis threaten to derail its low-carbon energy transition. Yet there is reason for hope. China's leaders understand that transforming the world's second largest economy from one dependent on highly polluting heavy industry to one focused on clean energy, services and innovation is essential, not only to the future of the planet, but to China's own prosperity.