This year’s International Week program took place January 23-27 and focused on China. Hamlin and Cronin addressed the Upper School, drawing on both research insight and first-hand experiences with the country. Each speaker led a presentation -- Hamlin on Tuesday, January 24th and Cronin on Thursday, January 26th – and answered student questions.
Hamlin, Stimson’s Research Analyst for the Southeast Asia program, offered his insights on Rule of Law, China’s political realities, development tradeoffs, global impact of China, issues of social justice and Asia’s water towers. Hamlin said his goal was to stimulate students “to think a little broader about these 21st-century issues.”
Cronin, director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia program, sought “to try to help students understand China’s role in Asia, and understand the good things happening and the tensions and potential conflicts.” He shared his expertise with discussions covering issues between China and its neighbors as well as the U.S.-China relationship.
Students asked dozens of questions concerning the future of China and its relationship with the U.S. Both Hamlin and Cronin said they have confidence in China’s intentions and expect the U.S.-China relationship to keep evolving. While expressing mostly optimism, both acknowledged that that some questions were not yet answerable because they’re the same ones Stimson researchers and other experts work on every day.
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