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David Firestein, East West Institute's Vice President for the
Strategic Trust-Building Initiative and Track 2 Diplomacy, speaks
on “Threading the Needle: Proposals for U.S. and Chinese Actions on
Arms Sales to Taiwan.” A career U.S. diplomat from 1992 to 2010, Firestein is an
expert in U.S.-China relations, U.S.-Russia relations and U.S.
politics. In his Foreign Service career, he served at the U.S.
embassies in Beijing (5 years) and Moscow (4 years), as well as on
the State Department’s China desk. He is the author or co-author of three books on China,
including “Pacific Reflections: Essays on Chinese and American
Society and Culture” (1997); and “Here and There: 81 Conversations
about China and America” (2004). He is also co-author of a major
EWI policy study, Threading the Needle: Proposals for U.S. and
Chinese Actions on Arms Sales to Taiwan (2013) (http://www.ewi.info/idea/threading-needle) Among Firestein's awards is the 2006 "Secretary of State's
Award for Public Outreach.” Firestein holds a bachelor's degree
from Georgetown University in international relations and master's
degrees from the University of Texas in public affairs and Asian
studies. Find the institute's report at (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/aa6ynk4jhad2b93/TAS.pdf) This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be
published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open
to Harvard students, fellows, faculty and ID card holders on a
first come first served basis.