Watson Director Edward Steinfeld accompanied President Christina Paxson to China to meet with alums, students, and parents at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Fudan University in Shanghai. The trip was also to build upon existing collaborative academic relationships.
Watson Institute Director Edward Steinfeld joined Brown University President Christina H. Paxson on a trip to China to explore potential collaboration opportunities and create awareness of Brown's commitment to addressing world challenges.
Ed Steinfeld, professor of political science and the dean's chair in China studies, comments on predictions of a "clash of civilizations" between China and the West. "Clearly, there is a strong voice in the Chinese state today that celebrates authoritarianism," said Steinfeld. But he said China's future including democracy and personal liberty is "quite open-ended."
Director of the China Initiative Edward Steinfeld on Brookings Blog, "When confronted by the kind of production practices emerging from China today, the smart move by observers in advanced industrial nations is to stop worrying, stop accusing, stop making excuses, and instead start learning."