Richard Baum (PhD, UC Berkeley, 1970) is Professor of Political Science at UCLA. Baum was the Director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies from 1999 to 2005. He is author and editor of nine books and numerous articles on Chinese politics and foreign policy. His latest book, China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom, will be published later this year by the University of Washington Press. Professor Baum serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary China, China Quarterly, China Information, Asian Survey, and Communist and Post-Communist Studies. He is the founder and director of chinapol, a private, online forum for professionals (scholars, journalists, diplomats, and others) invovled in the analysis of contemporary Chinese politics. As a commentator, Professor Baum has shared his expert knowledge of Chinese politics with media all across the globe.

Mike Chinoy (BA, Chinese Studies, Yale; MA, Journalism, Columbia) joined the Pacific Council on International Policy in 2006 as the Edgerton Fellow in Korean Security, focusing on security issues in North Korea, China, and Northeast Asia in general. He has recently completed a book on the history of the North Korean nuclear crisis: Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis (St. Martin's Press, 2008). He previously spent twenty-four years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, including an eight-year stint as the network's first Bureau Chief in Beijing, Bureau Chief in Hong Kong, and, from 2001 to 2006, Senior Asia Correspondent, responsible for coverage throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He is the author of China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999).  Chinoy has received numerous awards for his journalism, including an Emmy and a Peabody for his coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crisis.

Thomas Christensen (PhD, Political Science, Columbia University) is Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University. From 2006 to 2008, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia. His publications include Useful Adversaries: Grand Strategy, Domestic Mobilization, and Sino-American Conflict, 1947-1958 (Princeton, 1996) and influential articles such as “China: Getting the Questions Right” (The National Interest). In the years prior to his serving in the State Department, Professor Christensen often served as a consultant to various U.S. government agencies. In 2002 he received the U.S. State Department’s Distinguished Public Service award.

Wesley Clark (BS, U.S. Military Academy 1966; MA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, University of Oxford, 1988), is a retired general of the U.S. Army.  Clark ended his thirty-four year career in the army as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (1997-2000). In 2003, General Clark stood as a candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Among General Clark’s awards is the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Clark is the author of the best-selling book Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat (Public Affairs, 2001) and Winning Modern War: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire (Public Affairs 2003). General Clark  joined UCLA as a senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations in 2006, where he teaches seminars, publishes through the Burkle Center, and hosts an annual conference of government, corporate, and opinion leaders from around the world on national security.

Nina Hachigian (JD, Stanford Law School) is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. She is the coauthor of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon & Schuster, 2008). She focuses on great power relationships and U.S. foreign policy. Earlier, Hachigian was a Senior Political Scientist at RAND Corporation and, for four years, the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy. Before RAND, she had an international affairs fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations during which she researched the internet in China. From 1998 to 1999, Hachigian was on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House. Hachigian has published numerous reports, book chapters, and journal articles, including essays in Foreign Affairs and The Washington Quarterly. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mikkal Herberg is a senior consultant with PFC Energy, an international energy consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and the Research Director on energy issues at the National Bureau of Asian Research.  He spent twenty years in the oil industry in strategic planning roles for ARCO, where from 1997-2000 he was Director for Global Energy and Economics, responsible for worldwide energy, economic, and political analysis. Mr. Herberg writes and speaks extensively on Asian energy issues to the energy industry and governments in the Asia-Pacific region, including the United States, China, and Japan. He is cited frequently in the media, including the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Asahi Shimbun, Reuters, NIKKEI News, and Caijing. Herberg did doctoral work in international political economy at UCLA and also has an MA degree in Latin American Studies from UCLA.

Robert A. Kapp (PhD, Chinese History, Yale University) is president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc., Port Townsend, Washington. The firm provides consulting services to companies and nonprofit organizations seeking to develop their productive engagements with China or to engage with policy makers in U.S.-China relations. He is also  Senior China Advisor to Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, a global law firm. From 1994 to 2004, Kapp was president of The US-China Business Council, the principal organization of major American companies engaged in trade and investment with China. From 1970 to 1980 he was on the history faculties of Rice University and the University of Washington. From 1986 to 1991, he was Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Business Administration, where he received a distinguished teaching award.  He edited The Journal of Asian Studies, 1978-80.  He has published one scholarly book and many articles, both scholarly and popular.

Donald Keyser retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2004 after a 32-year career. During his career, he served three tours of duty in Beijing and two in Tokyo. He held three Washington-based ambassadorial-level assignments between 1998 and 2004: Special Envoy for Regional Conflicts in the Former Soviet Union; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He is currently the 2008-09 Pantech Fellow at Stanford University's Walter Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

Barry Naughton (PhD, Economics, Yale University, 1986) is Professor of Chinese economy, and Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UC San Diego. Naughton is an authority on the Chinese economy, with an emphasis on issues relating to industry, trade, finance, and China's transition to a market economy. Recent research focuses on regional economic growth in the People's Republic of China and the relationship between foreign trade and investment and regional growth. His book Growing Out of the Plan: Chinese Economic Reform, 1978–1993 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995), a comprehensive study of China's development from a planned to a market economy, received the Ohira Memorial Prize in 1996. Among his recent publications is The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth (MIT Press, 2006), a textbook that has been described as a "masterful overview and analysis of the Chinese economy."

Kal Raustiala (PhD, Political Science, UC San Diego, 1996; JD, Harvard, 1999) teaches courses in international law and international relations. He holds a joint appointment between the UCLA Law School and the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies, a multidisciplinary undergraduate program on globalization. In December 2006, he was appointed director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations. Professor Raustiala's recent publications include "The Evolution of Territoriality: International Relations and American Law," in Miles Kahler and Barbara Walter, eds., Territoriality and Conflict in an Era of Globalization (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006); and "Where IP Isn't" (with Chris Sprigman), Virginia Law Review (Jan. 2007). His article "Form and Substance in International Agreements," American Journal of International Law (July 2005), won the 2005 Francis Deak Prize from the American Society of International Law.

David Schaberg (BA, Stanford University, 1986; PhD, Harvard University, 1996) is Co-Director of the Center for Chinese Studies and Associate Professor of Asian Languages & Cultures at UCLA. Schaberg has published articles on early Chinese literature, historiography, and philosophy as well as Greek/Chinese comparative issues in Early China, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, and Comparative Literature.  He is author of A Patterned Past:  Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography, which was awarded the 2003 Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies (Pre-1900 Category).  More recent work addresses the history of oratory in early China