Understanding Geopolitics at the Crossroads: Live Talk by Rhodes Scholar and Yale World Fellow

Thursday, October 12, 2023

This event is co-hosted by Yale Club of Hong Kong, Yale Club of Beijing, and Yale Center Beijing. This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Event Time

October 12, 2023 | Thursday

7:00 am - 8:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

October 12, 2023 | Thursday

7:00 pm - 8:00 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.


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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

Dr. Brian Wong, Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong, is invited to share his observations and insights on writing his latest book, The Era of Geopolitics, which he completed during his days at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. While there are those who argue that the study of geopolitics should be reserved for experts, Dr. Wong believes that in today's world, it is essential for everyone to have a foundational understanding of geopolitics. 

On October 12, Dr. Wong will be joined by George Chen, Yale World Fellow '14 and Managing Director for The Asia Group, for a discussion on U.S.-China relations, the evolving landscape of geopolitics, the significance of acquiring knowledge in this field, and more.

The Speaker


Brian Wong

Assistant Professor in Philosophy, University of Hong Kong

Rhodes Scholar (2020)

Dr. Brian Wong is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. His research examines the ethics and dynamics of authoritarian regimes and their foreign policies, historical and colonial injustices, and the intersection of geopolitics, political and moral philosophy, and technology. 

Brian co-founded and now advises Oxford Political Review, a publication aspiring to bridge the theory-practice gap. As a columnist at the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Editor-at-Large for ThriveGlobal, he writes prolifically on Chinese foreign policy and Sino-West relations for publications such as TIMEForeign PolicyAeonFinancial TimesDiplomatFortuneSouth China Morning PostNikkeiJapan Times, and the US-Asia Law Institute.

A Rhodes Scholar (2020) and Kwok Scholar, Brian holds a DPhil in Politics, an MPhil in Political Theory (Distinction), and an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at University of Oxford.

The Moderator


George Chen

Yale World Fellow '14

Managing Director, The Asia Group

George Chen is a practitioner/scholar with over two decades of expertise across media, technology, and public policy. An Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre of Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong (HKU), George co-leads the “Tech for Good Initiative” and teaches “Opportunities and Challenges in Digital Governance” for Master students. Concurrently, George is a Managing Director for Washington DC-headquartered policy consultancy The Asia Group (TAG). Prior to his roles at the HKU and TAG, he was Meta’s (Facebook) first-ever and most senior policy leader for Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia for more than seven years (2016-2023). Earlier in his career, he was in both editorial and management roles at leading media organizations including the South China Morning Post and Reuters.

George is also a visiting scholar at National Chengchi University in Taipei and a Yale World Fellow at Yale University. George earned his Master of International and Public Affairs (Distinction) with concentration on the strategic triangle of US-China-Taiwan relations from the HKU and now remains a Doctoral candidate for public administration at the HKU.

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.