The Harvard Asia Center inaugurated a new seminar series, Asia Beyond the Headlines, in Fall 2017, focusing on urgent contemporary issues that cut across Asia. In the first Asia Beyond the Headlines seminar entitled “One Belt/One Road in Historical and Global Context,” leading scholars put China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the context of analogous programs that have changed human history. The seminar included talks by Professor Mark Elliott, Vice Provost of International Affairs, and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Harvard University; Professor Michael Szonyi, Professor of Chinese History, and Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University; Dr. William Overholt, Senior Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center; and chair, Elizabeth Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government and Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute.
The most recent Asia Beyond the Headlines seminars was a discussion on “An Alternate View of the North Korea-U.S. Relationship,” by a panel which included the Honorable Donald P. Gregg, Former Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, former National Security Advisor to Vice President George H.W. Bush, and Chairman Emeritus, The Korea Society, New York City; Professor Katharine Moon, Professor of Political Science and the Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies, Wellesley College and nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for East Asia Policy, The Brookings Institution; and Dr. John Park, Director, Korea Working Group and Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS. The seminar was chaired by Professor Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature and Dr. William Overholt, Senior Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center. Upcoming seminars in the series include Asia addressing climate change, and civil society in Asia.