May 7, 2018 Experts on U.S. Relations with China and Russia Appointed as Kluge Center Chairs to Engage with Congress

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The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of two new chairs in U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relations that will serve as primary resources in dialogues with Congress. They are James Goldgeier, U.S.-Russia chair, and Minxin Pei, U.S.-China chair, who will begin their tenures at the Kluge Center in September 2018 and January 2019, respectively.

The U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China chairs are funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York with the intent of fostering policy-relevant research, programming and bipartisan legislative discussion on U.S. relations with Russia and China with a focus on public policy challenges likely to face legislators in the future.  

James Goldgeier is a professor of international relations and served as dean of the School of International Service at American University from 2011 to 2017. He is also a visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has held a number of public policy appointments, including director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council staff. Goldgeier is a published author of four books, including “America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11” (co-authored with Derek Chollet), “Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War” (co-authored with Michael McFaul) and “Not Whether But When: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO.”   

Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 professor of government and the director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College.  He is also a non-resident senior fellow with the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Pei was formerly a senior associate with the Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Foreign Policy (2008), Pei is the author of several books, including “From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union,” “China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy” and “China's Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay.” Pei is also a contributor to a number of periodicals, including Journal of Democracy, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Nikkei Asian Review,, Project Syndicate and Foreign Affairs.

Each of these scholars will use his time at the Library to conduct research, consult with other experts and engage with congressional staff and members, as well as other major individuals in the policymaking community on areas of vital importance to U.S. foreign policy.

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