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The Future of Great Power Relations

Thursday, August 19, 2021

This event is co-hosted by Penn Wharton China Center, Perry World House, and Yale Center Beijing. This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Event Time

August 19, 2021 | Thursday
8:00 am - 9:30 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
August 19, 2021 | Thursday
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm China Standard Time (CST)

ParticipatiOn Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


Please click on“HERE” to register. The link will be sent through email at 17:00 on Aug 19.



The language of the event will be English.

The Event

Michael Brenes, Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Lecturer in History at Yale University, and Michael Franczak, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Order at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, will discuss the future of great power relations on August 19.


John Gans
Director of Communications and Research, Perry World House

John Gans is Director of Communications and Research of Perry World House at Penn. In addition to leading Perry World House's Graduate Associates program, Gans teaches Penn undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to joining Perry World House, he was the chief speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the Pentagon. In addition to leading the writing team at the Defense Department, Gans served as senior speechwriter for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew.

In 2019, Gans published White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War, which the Wall Street Journal said was a "bottom-up history," The New Republic called "enlightening," and Lawfare concluded was "rollicking and compellingly told." Gans earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.


Michael Brenes
Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program, Grand Strategy
Lecturer in History, Yale University

Michael Brenes is the Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Lecturer in History at Yale University. He is the author of For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy.

Michael Franczak
Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Order, Perry World House

Michael Franczak is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Order at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. His first book, Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s, is forthcoming in early 2022 from Cornell University Press. Michael’s next project asks how China and climate change shaped U.S. grand strategy in the 1990s and beyond.

About Event Organizers

Yale Center Beijing is a convening space and intellectual hub that advances Yale University’s mission to improve our world, and develop leaders worldwide who serve all sectors of society.

The March 2015 opening of the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) represented a substantial commitment to advance the long history of engagement with China by the Wharton School and its parent university, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) PWCC provides on-the-ground support for the growing numbers of programs and collaborations between Penn’s 12 schools and many academic, government, and business partners throughout China.

Perry World House’s mission is to bring the academic knowledge of the University of Pennsylvania to bear on some of the world’s most pressing global policy challenges, and to foster international policy engagement within and beyond the Penn community.

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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