News Release

Brookings’ John L. Thornton China Center announces new collaboration with Yale’s Paul Tsai China Center

January 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center and Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center are launching a new collaboration to advance each institution’s agendas related to China.  The new initiative will involve joint programming, research, publications, and cooperative educational activities with an eye toward informing policymaking and public debates on U.S.-China relations.

The Brookings-Yale initiative will leverage the leading roles of each institution in the field of China studies, generating new, creative and influential policy ideas for addressing the challenges and opportunities of the U.S.-China relationship, often considered the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world.  Through this partnership, the expanding Tsai Center will increase its Washington, DC presence and its capacity to inform public debates on U.S.-China relations.  The Thornton Center will build on its reputation for academic depth and policy analysis through deeper collaboration with a pioneering university center focused on China.

The new project will feature a variety of cooperative activities, including an annual symposium on U.S.-China relations, working group meetings and Track 1.5 or Track 2 diplomatic initiatives, and new professional development opportunities for students and young professionals.  In addition, scholars from each institution will publish working papers and other policy-relevant analyses leveraging the academic resources, extensive networks, and public platforms of the respective centers.

“I am delighted that the John L. Thornton China Center and Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center are partnering to bring our collective strengths to bear on the important geopolitical and geo-economic issues shaping U.S.-China relations,” Brookings Vice President for Foreign Policy Bruce Jones said.  “This collaboration will leverage capacities on both sides to conduct innovative research that catalyzes the policy discussions around this critical relationship.”

Professor Paul Gewirtz, Director of Yale’s Paul Tsai China Center, said: “This is a terrific new initiative, combining the excellence and distinctive strengths of two great China Centers to increase the effectiveness and reach of both.  My Yale colleagues and I are greatly looking forward to this collaboration with Brookings’ world-class experts, for whom we have great respect.”

The Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School is a leading university-based center undertaking research, teaching and policy analysis related to China.  The Center is a unique institution dedicated to helping advance China’s legal reforms, improving U.S.-China relations, and increasing understanding of China in the United States.  The Center’s multifaceted activities include dialogues, workshops, seminars and public programs in the United States and China, research visits to China and to Yale University, and policy-relevant articles and books by leading U.S. and Chinese scholars.

The John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings is a leading research center on China’s political system and its foreign and economic policies.  The Center develops timely, independent analyses and policy recommendations to help U.S. and Chinese leaders address long-standing challenges, both in terms of U.S.-China relations and China’s internal development.  The Center engages policymakers and the public through a range of publications and hosts a wide array of public programs, roundtables, seminars, and conferences to highlight this work.

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