Sun & Star | China’s Economic Statecraft

Thursday, November 3, 2016 (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
Tower Center Boardroom, Carr Collins #227 (map)

Join the Tower Center for coffee and conversation Nov. 3 with Dr. William Norris.

William NorrisDr. William Norris
is currently an assistant professor of Chinese foreign and security policy at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where he teaches graduate-level courses in Chinese domestic politics, East Asian security, and Chinese foreign policy. He is also a non-resident associate with the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. where his work examines the potential for a conventional US-China conflict to escalate to the nuclear realm. Dr. Norris has been a postdoctoral research associate at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and a fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, a joint program created by the two universities to foster the study of China’s foreign relations. He completed his doctoral work in the Security Studies Program in the Department of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he specialized in the confluence of economics and security, focusing on the role of economics in contemporary Chinese grand strategy.

His broad research interests include East Asian security, business-government relations, Chinese foreign and security policy, and international relations theory—particularly the strategic relationship between economics and national security. His recent work examines the use of commercial sector actors to achieve national foreign policy objectives in the context of Chinese grand strategy. He has a forthcoming book on Chinese economic statecraft (Cornell University Press).

Dr. Norris has been the recipient of various fellowships and awards, including the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship, the Asia Foundation’s Domestic Dimension of International Affairs Grant, Bush School Faculty Excellence Award, Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Scholarship, the David L. Boren National Security Education Fellowship, and the Bradley Fellowship. He has been selected as a fellow with the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on US-China Relations. Dr. Norris directs the Bush School’s Concentration in China Studies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies and serves on the Faculty Advisory Board of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.


Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program

The Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program aims to increase awareness of the economic, historical, political, and social trends of Japan and East Asia that affect the future of China, Japan, Korea, East Asia, and the world, including the United States.  Through the Sun & Star Symposia and lecture series featuring scholars, practitioners, journalists, and government officials, students and other participants learn about the challenges and opportunities in each country’s domestic politics and economics, the region’s relationship with the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific, and the international relations of the globalized world.

Click here to visit the Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program webpage.



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