Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative


Trending Globally: Chinese Power, Interrupted

In the US, we’ve grown accustomed to hearing about China’s transformation into a ‘global superpower’ in the 21st century. But according to journalist and author Michael Schuman, that’s not the only way to see China’s economic and political resurgence.

On this episode, Watson’s Director Ed Steinfeld talks with Michael about his book 'Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World.' The book will be, to many, a fresh perspective on Chinese history. But it's more than a history lesson; it’s also a powerful example of how national narratives develop, and how they are used for political ends.

China Initiative Awards for Graduate Students and Faculty

The China Initiative is pleased to announce three new funding opportunities for Brown University graduate students and faculty: Graduate Research Awards, Awards for Graduate Language Study, and Faculty Research Awards.

Yifeng Troy Cai MA, MS

Student Spotlight: Yifeng Troy Cai MA, MS

PhD candidate Yifeng Troy Cai MA, MS receives China Initiative Dissertation Award.


China Initiative Research Seminar

A forum for the presentation of cutting-edge social science research on contemporary China. The seminar particularly encourages the presentation of research work-in-progress.

China Initiative Distinguished Speaker Series

A forum for world renown scholars and practitioners to reflect on China’s modernization experience – past, present, and future.   

Brown-China Summit

A student-run annual conference explores China’s contemporary transformation through the participation of thought leaders from across Chinese society. Speakers in recent years have included social entrepreneurs, artists, business practitioners, film makers, public officials, investors, and educators.