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Thomas Fingar
Collage of the Independence Monument in Kyiv and the Beijing skyline.

Deciphering China's Ukraine Calculus

News / June 24, 2022
China’s rhetoric and actions toward Ukraine are shaped by domestic politics and prior decisions about protecting its national interests and finding opportunities in the crisis, says Shorenstein APARC Fellow Thomas Fingar.
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Putin and Xi

Oksenberg Conference Panelists Discuss Origins and Implications of Sino-Russian “Friendship without Limits”

News / June 8, 2022
Three weeks before Russian troops invaded Ukraine, China and Russia announced that their 2019 “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination in a New Era” had been upgraded to a “friendship without limits.” Chinese, Russian, and third country commentators used even more inflated rhetoric to describe the relationship and predict its implications for the United States, the liberal order, and Taiwan. APARC’s 2022 Oksenberg Conference examined the origins, objectives, and implications of the much-vaunted relationship.
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Xi and Biden

Biden, Xi Will Want To Diminish Exaggerated Characterizations of Bilateral Friction, Stanford Scholar Says

Q&As / November 12, 2021
In this Q&A, Stanford scholar Thomas Fingar discusses what to expect when President Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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What to Read This Summer — 2021: Book Recommendations by APARC Faculty

News / June 9, 2021
APARC faculty suggest dozens of books for your summer reading.
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Cover of the book "From Mandate to Blueprint" and a portrait of Thomas Fingar

New Book by Thomas Fingar Offers Guidance to Government Appointees

News / April 13, 2021
Drawing on his experience implementing one of the most comprehensive reforms to the national security establishment, APARC Fellow Thomas Fingar provides newly appointed government officials with a practical guide for translating mandates into attainable mission objectives.
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APARC Experts on the Outlook for U.S.-Asia Policy Under the Biden Administration

News / January 14, 2021
Ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration and on the heels of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that has left America shaken, an APARC-wide expert panel provides a region-by-region analysis of what’s next for U.S. policy towards Asia and recommendations for the new administration.
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Cover of the book Fateful Decisions: Choices That Will Shape China's Future

Thomas Fingar and Jean Oi Analyze the Choices and Challenges Facing China’s Leaders

News / August 28, 2020
Fingar and Oi joined the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to discuss their edited volume, ‘Fateful Decisions: Choices that Will Shape China’s Future.’
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China Faces Tough Decisions and Stronger Headwinds

News / July 14, 2020
China has had great success, but the era of miracle growth is over. Citizen needs and expectations are rising, and deferred reforms are riskier and more necessary, explain Jean Oi and Thomas Fingar on the World Class Podcast.
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China’s Incentives to Work Within the U.S.-led International Order Remain Compelling, Argues Thomas Fingar

Q&As / April 28, 2020
In a video Q&A, Fingar discusses the challenges for the U.S.-China relationship and the principles that shape China’s foreign policy and international behavior.
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Video: Thomas Fingar on Past and Present Milestones in U.S.-China Relations

Commentary / January 28, 2020

In a recent interview with People's Daily Online, APARC Fellow Thomas Fingar reflects on some of the milestones in the developing and diversifying relationship between the United States and China over the past forty years. The interview is part of a series of short documentaries produced by People's Daily Online West USA to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and China in 1979.

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FSI fellow underscores importance of foreign area studies

News / August 12, 2014
In a recent speech, Thomas Fingar, the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at FSI, says foreign area and language studies programs serve to train a globally competent citizenry able to address today's transnational challenges. The longevity of those programs is imperative, he says.
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Fingar outlines context of US-China alliance

News / August 7, 2014
Thomas Fingar, the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at FSI, discusses the U.S.-China alliance in a recent Q&A with the Global Times. He says the United States often bears the brunt of costs associated with its collective security arrangements.
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US-China relations headed for “scratchy time,” says Oksenberg lecturer

News / June 9, 2014
Kenneth Lieberthal of The Brookings Institution delivered the annual Oksenberg Lecture on U.S.-China relations at Shorenstein APARC on June 3. He was joined by a panel of scholars, including Cui Liru of CICIR, FSI distinguished fellows Karl Eikenberry and Thomas Fingar, and Stanford China Program Director Jean Oi. Afterward in a Q&A, Eikenberry shared his observations from the Shangri-La Dialogue.
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