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“China’s and Russia’s Sharp Power: How Big a Threat?”

Brown Bag Lecture

Speaker: Christopher Walker, Vice President for Studies and Analysis, National Endowment for Democracy
Discussants: Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University
Alexander Cooley, Claire Tow Professor of Political Science and Director of The Harriman Institute for the Study of Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe at Columbia University

Speaker Bio: Christopher Walker is Vice President for Studies and Analysis at the National Endowment for Democracy. In this capacity, he oversees the department that is responsible for NED’s multifaceted analytical work, which includes the International Forum for Democratic Studies, a leading center for the analysis and discussion of democratic development. The International Forum pursues it goals through several interrelated initiatives: publishing the Journal of Democracy, the world’s leading publication on the theory and practice of democracy; hosting fellowship programs for international democracy activists, journalists, and scholars; coordinating the Network of Democracy Research Institutes, a global think tank network; and organizing a diverse range of analytical initiatives to explore critical themes relating to democratic development. Prior to joining the NED, Walker was Vice President for Strategy and Analysis at Freedom House. Prior to Freedom House, he was a senior associate at the EastWest Institute, and program manager at the European Journalism Network. Walker has also served as an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at New York University. He holds a B.A. degree from Binghamton University and an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Walker has testified before congressional committees and appeared regularly in the media. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy.com, Barron’s, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Politico.com, Journal of Democracy, and World Affairs. He is co-editor with Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner of Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press, March 2016).

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Venue: International Affairs Building, Room 1219
No registration required.
For any press inquiries, please contact Ariana King at ak4364@columbia.edu

This event is sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and The Harriman Institute for the Study of Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe at Columbia University.

Event Contact Information: 
Athina Fontenot
212-854-6916
af3018@columbia.edu