U.S.-China Relations Focus of Fall President's ForumNov. 20, 2002
Former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott was the President's Forum speaker Oct. 23 on campus. Talbott's keynote address focused on relations between the United States and China, a topic selected as a prelude to the scheduled meeting between President George W. Bush and Chinese President Jiang Zemin at Bush's Crawford ranch that same week.
"The landscape of international relations was fundamentally altered by the events of Sept. 11, 2001," said Dr. Christopher Marsh, associate professor of political science and director of Asian studies at Baylor. "Pronouncements of a coming conflict with China have become muted as both the United States and China face new and unanticipated challenges in the 21st century. The President's Forum brought together some of the most learned minds on Chinese affairs to help spark a conversation on the future of U.S.-China relations and to generate insights that will lead to well-informed policy."
Talbott was named Deputy Secretary of State in early 1994 after serving for a year as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the Secretary of State on the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. He entered public service after 21 years as an award-winning journalist for Time magazine, where he was editor-at-large, foreign affairs columnist, Washington bureau chief, State Department correspondent and White House correspondent.
A former Rhodes Scholar, Talbott is the author of several books on diplomacy and U.S.-Soviet relations, including a series of three books on U.S.-Soviet arms control. Additionally, he translated and edited two volumes of Nikita Khrushchev's memoirs, published in 1970 and 1974.
Talbott twice won the Edward Weintal Prize for Distinguished Reporting on Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy in 1980 and 1985. His contributions also were cited in three Overseas Press Club Awards to Time. Talbott has served as a trustee of Yale University and the Hotchkiss School and as a director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Council on Foreign Relations and The Aspen Strategy Group. In 2002, he became president of the Brookings Institution, one of the nation's oldest public policy research organizations.