Hong Kong, Democracy, and the Rule of Law

October 17, 2014
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Aaron L. FriedbergProfessor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Chen GuangchengCivil Rights Lawyer and Activist; Distinguished Senior Fellow in Human Rights, The Witherspoon Institute; Lynn T. White IIIProfessor of Politics and International Affairs, Emeritus, Princeton University

Aaron L. Friedberg is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1987, and co-director of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Center for International Security Studies. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and a Senior Advisor to the National Bureau of Asian Research. He is author of The Weary Titan: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline, 1895-1905 and In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America's Anti-Statism and its Cold War Grand Strategy, both published by Princeton University Press, and co-editor (with Richard Ellings) of three volumes in the National Bureau of Asian Research's annual "Strategic Asia" series. His third book, A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia, was published in 2011 by W.W. Norton and has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. His most recent monograph, Beyond Air-Sea Battle: The Debate Over U.S. Military Strategy in Asia, was published in May 2014 as part of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Adelphi Paper series. Friedberg’s articles and essays have appeared in a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Commentary, The National Interest, The American Interest, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, Survival, and International Security. In 2001-2002 he was selected as the first occupant of the Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress. He has been a research fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Harvard University's Center for International Affairs. He served from June 2003 to June 2005 as Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs in the office of the Vice President. After leaving government he was appointed to the Defense Policy Board and the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion. Professor Friedberg received his AB in 1978 and his PhD in 1986, both from Harvard University.

Chen Guangcheng is a Chinese civil rights lawyer and activist who has been a persistent voice for freedom, human dignity, and the rule of law in his native country. Working in rural communities in China, where he was known as the “barefoot lawyer,” Chen advocated the rights of disabled people, and organized class-action litigation against the government’s violent enforcement of its one-child policy. Blind since his childhood, Chen is self-taught in the law. His human rights activism resulted in his imprisonment by the Chinese government for four years, beginning in 2006; after his release he remained under house arrest, until his escape from confinement in 2012, whereupon he came to the United States, where he was a fellow at NYU School of Law in 2012-13. He is Distinguished Senior Fellow in Human Rights at the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute. He is also a member of the faculty of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America and Senior Distinguished Advisor to the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.

Lynn T. White III is Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Emeritus, and Senior Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. His interests include China, comparative revolutions and reforms, comparative organization, and patterns of political development. He is the author of Unstately Power: Local Causes of China’s Reforms (winner of the 2000 Levenson Book Award), Policies of Chaos, Careers in Shanghai, and further books. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, China Quarterly, Journal of Asian Studies, Modern China, and other journals. He is now writing a comparative book about the development of local political networks and money politics in Taiwan, the Yangzi Delta, Thailand, and the Philippines, as well as articles on Hong Kong, US-PRC-Taiwan relations, and other East Asian political topics. White has taught in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and was associated with that university’s Center of Chinese Studies. He earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. 

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