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Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World

Friday, July 10, 2020

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.


July 10th, 2020 | Friday
9:00 am - 10:15 am China Standard Time (CST)
July 9th, 2020 | Thursday
9:00 pm - 10:15 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Participating Format

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

With China’s ascendance as a formidable economic and geopolitical superpower on the world stage, understanding China’s worldview is of crucial importance for the West to understand China’s role in the world today. In his new book, Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World, veteran author and journalist Michael Schuman explores how the history of the world through China’s own lens shapes China’s economic policy, attitude toward the United States and the rest of the world, and notions of good government and society.

Yale Center Beijing (YCB) will host Schuman for a virtual discussion of his book, moderated by YCB Director Carol Li Rafferty. They will be joined by Dr. Stephen Roach, Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and Senior Lecturer at Yale's School of Management, for a discussion on the book and the broader topic of Sino-US relations. Following the discussion, the guest speakers will take audience questions.

The Speakers


Michael Schuman
Journalist, Author

Michael Schuman is a journalist and author who has lived and worked in Asia since 1996. His new book, “Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World,” was released in June 2020 by publisher PublicAffairs. His earlier works are “Confucius and the World He Created” (Basic Book, 2015) and “The Miracle: The Epic Story of Asia’s Quest for Wealth” (HarperBusiness, 2009). Mr. Schuman has been a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine. He currently is a contributor to The Atlantic, Bloomberg Opinion, and other publications.

He has a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University (1992) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania (1990).

Stephen Roach, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs; Senior Lecturer, Yale School of Management

Stephen Roach is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and a Senior Lecturer at Yale School of Management. He was formerly Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm’s Chief Economist for the bulk of his 30-year career at Morgan Stanley, heading up a highly regarded team of economists around the world.

Mr. Roach’s current teaching and research program focuses on the impacts of Asia on the broader global economy. At Yale, he has introduced new courses for undergraduates and graduate students on the “The Next China” and “The Lessons of Japan.” His writing and research also addresses globalization, trade policy, the post-crisis policy architecture, and the capital markets implications of global imbalances.

Stephen Roach has long been one of Wall Street’s most influential economists. His work has appeared in academic journals, books, congressional testimony and has been disseminated widely in the domestic and international media. Roach’s opinions on the global economy have been known to shape the policy debate from Beijing to Washington.

His latest book, Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China (Yale University Press, Jan. 2014) examines the risks and opportunities of the world’s most important economic relationship of the 21st century. His 2009 book, The Next Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for a New Globalization (Wiley), analyzes Asia’s economic imbalances and the dangers of the region’s excess dependence on overextended Western consumers.

Carol Li Rafferty
Managing Director, Yale Center Beijing

Carol Li Rafferty is the Managing Director of Yale Center Beijing and a Co-Founder of Lean In China. In 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selected Carol as a Young Global Leader (YGL), and she currently serves as a member of the YGL Advisory Group, the YGL’s global advisory board. She previously worked for the China Investment Corporation (CIC), the country’s sovereign wealth fund, responsible for strategic and private equity investments.

Carol graduated cum laude from Yale University, with dual B.A. degrees in Economics and International Studies. She received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. She is also a China Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Board of Trustee at Keystone Academy, a non-profit K-12 school in Beijing, China.

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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