About this Event:
Chinese President Xi Jinping is transforming China at home and abroad. Over the past five years he has taken unprecedented steps to consolidate his authority: removing presidential term limits; enshrining his political beliefs in his party’s constitution; implementing vast measures of social control and restricting the flow of information in and out of the country. Dr. Elizabeth Economy of the Council on Foreign Relations, sees these actions as the beginnings of a third Chinese revolution, at which Xi Jinping is the head. China is poised to become the world’s dominant economic and political force and regain its past glory, all while riding a strange paradox that promotes cooperation with the West while outright rejecting our basic social and political framework.
What are Xi’s goals for China? Can China and the U.S. coexist on the international stage? What can the U.S. do to maintain the ideals of democracy and freedom abroad while facing China’s economic and cultural aggression?
Join us at this year’s Annual Lecture on Asian Democracy, produced in conjunction with the University of Louisville’s Center for Asian Democracy and the Louisville Free Public Library, as Dr. Economy discuses Xi Jinping’s grand ambitions and how they will affect the U.S.’s role in the world. The talk will be free to attend and will take place at the Louisville Public Library’s Main Branch
Copies of Dr. Economy’s recent book, The Third Revolution, will be sold at the event.
5:30 Doors Open
Dr. Elizabeth C. Economy is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an acclaimed author and expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, writing on topics ranging from China’s environmental challenges to its role in global governance.