Energy, Environment, and the Economy (US-China Conf.)

Energy, Environment, and the Economy (US-China Conf.)

Panel Discussion by Mikkal Herberg, Robert Kapp, Barry Naughton

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Duration: 60:00

Panel 2 titled "Energy, Environment, and the Economy" with panelists Mikkal Herberg, Robert Kapp, Barry Naughton, moderated by Nina Hachigian, from the conference "Two Systems, One World: US-China Relations under the Obama Administration" on January 30, 2009.

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.

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."

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.