PULLMAN – William Overholt, Asia policy research chair and director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, will speak at WSU at 5 p.m. on April 17 in the Communication Addition, room 21.
 
The event is free and open to the pubic.
 
Overholt’s lecture, titled “Asia, America and the Transformation of Geopolitics,” is one of two programs being hosted by the WSU Asia Program as part of the second annual China Town Hall sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.–China Relations.
 
China Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 40 cities throughout the United States.
 
Norman J. Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, will deliver a nationwide address, “The China Issue in the 2008 Presidential and Congressional Campaigns,” via live Webcast at 4 p.m. on April 17, also in CADD 21.
 
Prior to joining the RAND Center, Overholt was joint senior fellow at Harvard University and distinguished visiting professor at Yonsei University, South Korea.
 
He lived and worked in Hong Kong from 1985 until 2001 as the head of Asia research at Bankers Trust and as head of strategy and economics for global investment banking and securities firm Nomura.
 
Overholt is the author of six books, including “Asia, America and the Transformation of Geopolitics” (Cambridge University Press/RAND, 2007).
 
He is an advisory board member for Harvard University’s Asia Center, the Hang Lung Center for Organizational Research at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Chinavest Ltd, and he has served as a consultant for strategic planning and foreign affairs and as a political advisor in Asia.
 
Ornstein also serves as an election analyst for CBS News and writes a weekly column called ”Congress Inside Out” for Roll Call newspaper.
 
He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal and appears regularly on television’s “Nightline,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and “Charlie Rose.”
 
The National Committee on U.S.–China Relations, is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966. It promotes understanding and cooperation between the United States and Greater China in the belief that sound and productive Sino–American relations serve vital American and world interests.
 
The committee creates opportunities for informed discussion and reasoned debate about issues of common interest and concern to the U.S., mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
 
China Town Hall is underwritten by The Starr Foundation and cosponsored by WSU’s Asia Program, Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, Global Studies Program, International Programs and the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures.
 
To learn more, visit libarts.wsu.edu/asia