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January 2015

Human Capital Inequality and China's Future Development Challenge

Friday January 23, 2015
12:00 p.m.
Olson Room (formerly Gowen 1A)

Linxiu Zhang, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Deputy Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Co-Director, Rural Education Action Program (REAP)-China, Stanford University

East Asia Center, China Studies

Linxiu Zhang is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Deputy Director at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her research concentrates on policy relevant studies on rural development in China, particularly on rural labour market development, rural public goods investment, and impacts of rural fiscal and institutional reforms. Her work has appeared in leading journals in economics, area studies, and natural sciences. She is also the co-director for Rural Education Action Program (REAP)-China, a joint initiative between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Stanford University. She and her team at REAP-China have been focused on how to carry out rigorous impact assessments in areas of rural health and education policies.

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Returning Spirits

Wednesday January 28, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Amalia Rubin, M.A. Candidate, University of Washington, JSIS

Since the end of the socialist period, both Buddhism and Shamanism, the two traditional faiths of Mongolia, have undergone a great revival in the now-democratic Republic of Mongolia. With newly open borders and friendly visa policies, the country has also been flooded with Christian missionaries, eager to convert the post-soviet nations. As the three faiths have struggled to claim the souls of the first generation with religious freedom, Shamanism, despite its often-dubious standing and lack of historical official support, is reviving at an unprecedented speed. Furthermore, with nearly half of the Mongolian population residing in Ulaanbaatar, the traditionally countryside practice of Shamanism is now taking roots in a capital city. Drawing on fieldwork and literature, we will discuss 21st century shamanism in Ulaanbaatar and what it means to be a shaman in a city of nearly one and a half million people.

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February 2015

Falling Oil Prices: China, Russia and the Gulf States

Sunday February 15, 2015
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce 1301 Fifth Ave, Ste 1500

Samantha Paxton,


Dr. David Bachman
Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies, University of Washington

Mr. Derek Norberg
President, Council for U.S.-Russia Relations
Executive Director, Russian American Pacific Partnership (RAPP)

Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Chatham House

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Ave, Ste 1500

Complimentary for members (including all UW faculty/staff) and students | $10 for non-members

Register at

For questions, contact Samantha Paxton/206.389.7319206.389.7319 /


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A River Flows Through It: Transboundary Waters in China-India Relations

Thursday February 19, 2015
Allen Auditorium of Allen Library

UW South Asia Center, East Asia Center, & China Studies Program

Dr. Selina Ho’s research focus is on politics and international relations, with an area specialty in China Studies. She is most interested in water as a strategic resource, and has worked on China’s municipal water sector and transboundary river policies. A senior research fellow at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, she is currently working on a comparative study of public goods provision in China and India, focusing specifically on the municipal water sectors in both countries.

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April 2015

Active Defense: Explaining the Evolution of China's Military Strategy

Friday April 17, 2015
12:00 p.m.
Olson Room--Gowen Hall

Taylor Fravel, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachussets Institute of Technology

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Seattle, WA 98195

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