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CALL FOR PAPERS:The Third Forum for Young Chinese and American Scholars

The Third Forum for Young Chinese and American Scholars
Organized by The Carter Center and The Global Times

September 21-22, 2016

Location: Nanjing University, The People’s Republic of China

The Impact of US-China Educational Exchanges on U.S.-China Bilateral Relations


In 2016, the Third Forum for Young Chinese and American Scholars will take place from September 21 to 22 at Nanjing University, China. The organizers invite young scholars from China and the U.S. to present their research findings that examine the past, present and the future of the relationship between educational exchange and U.S.-China bilateral relations.


In September 2014, the first Forum for Young Chinese and American Scholars, which was jointly organized by The Carter Center and the Global Times, convened successfully at the Xi’an Jiaotong University.  President Jimmy Carter attended the Forum and provided opening remarks. More than 20 young scholars from both countries presented their research on the theme “How to Build Future U.S.-China Relations in the Context of Turbulent International Relations”. Senior Chinese and American critiqued the presentations and offered comment for revision of the papers.

In October, 2015, the second Young Chinese and American Scholars Forum took place at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Scholars from both countries shared their research on the topic “How Will the Future International Order Be Shaped by Past and Current U.S.-China interactions?”  Participating senior scholars also held a lively dialogue with Professor Lyle Goldstein, author of the recently published Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry.

(The Second Forum for Young Chinese and American Scholars — Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch)


During the first Forum in 2014, President Carter mentioned that in 1979, following his conversation with Deng Xiaoping, the U.S. agreed to accept Chinese students and scholars after a hiatus of more than 30 years. By 2015, there were more than 300,000 Chinese students in America. Between 2013 and 2014, close to 15,000 American students were studying in the PRC. Among other notable initiatives, New York University and Duke University have opened campuses in China, and the Schwartzman Scholars Program will be launched at Tsinghua University in August 2016.

While national leaders in both capitals disagree other on many policy issues, educational exchanges are rapidly changing the landscape of the bilateral relations in unprecedented ways. The special relationship between the U.S. and China before 1949 rested heavily on a broad foundation of cultural and educational linkages. Today, massive Sino-American educational engagement again plays a complex role within the broader bilateral relationship.  This Forum will invite young US and Chinese scholars to present their researches on all aspects of these bilateral educational exchanges and how they have influenced the dynamics of the complex relationship between the two nations in the past 36 years. Researches into earlier periods of U.S.-China educational exchanges are also welcome.

PhD candidates, postdoctoral fellows, assistant and associate professors, think tank analysts, researchers and young professionals outside of academia under the age of 40 are all encouraged to send in their proposals.

Proposals in English or Chinese (no more than 300 words in English or 600 in Chinese) with professional biographical information, must be submitted by e-mail to either of the following addresses: or before May 10, 2016. Selection of participants to the forum will be announced on May 30, 2016.

The deadline for finalists to submit papers is August 14, 2016. The final paper can be in Chinese or English, but the forum will be conducted in English.  Senior scholars will provide comments on the selected papers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email to either or or call the following number: 010-65369506 (the Global Times, Beijing) and 404-420-3884 (China Program, The Carter Center, Atlanta).

The conference organizers will cover all local expenses for all the paper presenting scholars.


May 10, 2016 – Abstract due

May 30, 2016 – Notification of finalists

August 14, 2016 – Final papers due