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How China is Changing the World Order

  • 03 Nov 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online


How China is Changing the World Order

Discussion with Sam Kaplan, Author of Challenging China, moderated by Doug Guthrie, Executive Director of China Initiatives at the Thunderbird School of Global Management

Sam Kaplan will talk about one of the four most important issues in the world: what to do about a more authoritarian, more expansionist China. In recent years, China has become more oppressive, while at the same time, becoming more aggressive on the world stage. Our presenter will illustrate these troublesome trends and provide strategies on how the United States and world can deal with them. Join to learn more about the great escalator incident of 2015, a secret speech given by Xi Jinping, China's stunning economic success and what a dwarf Japanese maple tree at his old house has to do with all of this.

Learn more Sam Kaplan’s new book Challenging China: Smart Strategies for Dealing with China in the Xi Jinping Era here. We will be giving away copies of Sam’s book LIVE during the program.

PCFR Members are reading Sam’s book Challenging China: Smart Strategies for Dealing with China in the Xi Jinping Era in the PCFR Reading Group in October. Sign up for the Reading Group here. The October Reading Group will meet on October 29th at 7:30 AM MST.



FREE for PCFR Members

$10 for Non-Members


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

12 pm - 1 pm MST

3 pm - 4 pm EDT


Zoom Meeting

The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.


Sam Kaplan

Director, Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management

Sam is the director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, which connects industry and education in Washington around workforce development issues. The Center maintains data on the industry, including how many jobs, where they’re located and the average wage; organizes a Follow the Supply Chain Study Abroad program; and has worked with colleges around the state on global trade and logistics curriculum. The Center also produced a Virtual Textbook Chapter on Following the Supply Chain to be used by business courses.

Sam also publishes the weekly newsletter, International Need to Know and has recently written a book about China and America—Challenging China: Smart Strategies for Dealing with China in the Xi Jinping Era-- that was published by Tuttle Publishing on April 6, 2021.

In 20 years at the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, the last five as president, Sam was engaged in promoting, connecting and educating the Greater Seattle region internationally for trade and business. At TDA he led the effort to create target markets for the organization which married industry sectors with international markets using data and qualitative analysis. As President of TDA, Sam oversaw the organization of nearly a dozen outbound business and leadership missions, helped lead the Global Cities Initiative, helped organize the successful visit of President Xi Jinping and co-led the effort to create an International Competitive Strategy for Washington state. While president of TDA, Sam served briefly as interim president of the Washington State China Relations Council.

Previously Sam worked as a legislative assistant handling foreign affairs and trade issues for now retired U.S. Representative John Miller. Representative Miller served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittee on International Trade. Sam has been published in the World Bank's Urban Age magazine, as well as in many other publications.

He wrote and co-produced the short film about customer service, Please Hold and is author of the novel, Munsrat Lives. Sam has traveled to and worked extensively with Asia and Europe during his long career in international affairs and trade.


Doug Guthrie

Professor of Global Leadership & Executive Director of China Initiatives at the Thunderbird School of Global Management

Doug Guthrie has spent his career researching, writing, teaching, advising companies and coaching executives about two topics: organizational development, where he has focused on issues of leadership, organizational culture and corporate social responsibility in the areas of ESG and human rights; and the Chinese economic reforms, where he has focused on the intersection of economic and political forces that lead to successful economic development models and how companies can play an important role in balanced and peaceful relations between the world’s largest economies.

His earliest days of lobbying, advocacy, and coaching surrounding US-China relations go back to the 1990s and the Most Favored Nation (MFN) and Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) debates, which ultimately led to China’s entry into the WTO.

Currently, he is Professor of Global Leadership at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where his is also Executive Director of China Initiatives.

From 2014-19, Guthrie was a Senior Director at Apple, based in Shanghai China, where he led Apple University efforts on leadership and organizational development, and executive coaching in China and advised the company on risks related to dealing with the Chinese government. Prior to joining Apple, from 2010-14, Guthrie was Dean of the George Washington School of Business, Vice President for University China Operations, and Professor of Management and International Business. From 1997-2010, he served on the faculty at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he was Director of Executive Education, and has been a Visiting Professor at a number of different business schools, as well as a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council.

He is the Co-Founder of On Global Leadership , a virtual think tank that provides thought leadership, advisory services, coaching and education about important issues on leadership in today’s global economy.

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