The Oksenberg Conference, held annually, honors the legacy of Professor Michel Oksenberg (1938–2001). A Senior Fellow at Shorenstein APARC and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor Oksenberg consistently urged the United States to engage with Asia in a more deliberate manner and served as a key member of the National Security Council when the United States normalized relations with China. In tribute, the Oksenberg Conference recognizes experts who have helped advance understanding between the United States and China and examines pressing issues affecting China, U.S.-China relations, and U.S. policy towards China.
In 2009, this event series shifted from its original lecture format to a conference format that gathers scholars and policymakers for a dialogue about the changing role China is playing in today's world.
2022 – Prospects for the New Sino-Russian Partnership
Speakers: Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova, Thomas Fingar, Alex Gabuev, Michael A. McFaul, Evan Medeiros
2021 – Kurt M. Campbell and Laura Rosenberger on U.S.-China Relations
Speakers: Kurt Campbell, Laura Rosenberger
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2018 – Zouping Revisited: Change and Continuity in a Chinese County
Speakers: Thomas Bernstein, Mary Brown Bullock, Thomas Gold, Douglas Grob, Steven Goldstein, Charlotte Lee, Jean Oi, Andrew G. Walder
2016 – The End of an Era: Can the Consensus on Constructive Engagement with China be Sustained? Should It?
Speakers: James Steinberg, Thomas Fingar, Michael Armacost, Kathleen Stephens
2014 – U.S.-China Relations and the 'Rebalance' to Asia
Speakers: Michael Armacost, Karl Eikenberry, Thonas Fingar, Kenneth Lieberthal, CUI Liru
2013 – If China Could Re-make the Global Order, What Would it Look Like?
Speakers: Thomas Christensen, Thomas Fingar, Jia Qingguo
2012 – China's Military Modernization and National Security Strategy
Speaker: Karl Eikenberry
2011 – Constraints on China's Foreign Policy: Inside and Out
Speakers: Michael Armacost, Tai Ming Cheung, Thomas Christensen, Bruce Dickson, Scott Kastner, Ely Ratner, Stan Rosen, Terry Sicular
2010 – Friction Points: Colliding Interests in US-China Relations
Speakers: Michael Armacost, Jeffrey Bader, Coit Blacker, Thomas Fingar, Steven Goldstein, Thomas Heller, Robert Kapp, Nicholas Lardy, Alan Romberg, Gi-Wook Shin
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2008 – China's Power and What It Means for America
Speaker: David M. Lampton
2006 – U.S. - China Relations: Where Do We Stand? Where Are We Going?
Speaker: Brent Scowcroft
2005 – America and the New Asia
Speaker: Zbigniew Brzezinski
2003 – Issues and Ideas about Mike Oksenberg's Asia
Speaker: George P. Shultz
2002 – The United States and China: A President's Perspective
Speaker: The Honorable Jimmy Carter
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