A China Agenda for the Biden Administration: A Conversation with Professor Michele Geraci


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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 
, NY
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With a new the administration there is an opportunity to recalibrate US strategy for China to reflect today’s reality. Beginning 27 January 2021, and over the course of three months, leading experts from Asia, the EU, and the U.S. will converse with Polaris-Live host Sarwar Kashmeri, Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, and Applied Research Fellow, Norwich University, about their thoughts regarding what should be key agenda items that they would propose to President Biden’s team.

Please join us on February 16th for a conversation with Professor Michele Geraci, former Under Secretary of State for the Government of Italy, responsible for the China-Italy Belt and Road Initiative.  Professor Geraci is now teaching at New York University Shanghai and the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.


Event Speakers

    • Professor Michele Geraci - Speaker
      New York University Shanghai

      Michele Geraci is Head of China Economic Policy Program at Nottingham University Business School, Head of China at the Global Policy Institute, as well as Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Finance at Zhejiang University. He has been living in China since 2008 and works as advisor to governments, corporations and investors, offering practical-oriented policy recommendations and investment advice. Topics of interest include monetary policy, income disparity, migration, urbanization and European crisis.

      Michele is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and forums, a frequent host of TV shows (CCTV, Rai, BBC, Al-Jazeera), and is a regular contributor to China Daily op-ed and a columnist for Caixin Magazine and IlSole24Ore/Radiocor. Michele has been voted for three years in a row one of the top 50 Italian experts on Chinese matters, one of the top 5 University of Nottingham world-wide experts on current affairs and has recently been awarded the title of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy (Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella D’Italia) by President of Italian Republic, Mattarella, one of Italy’s highest honours.

      Prior to coming to China, Michele was a Managing Director-level investment banker based in London, with vast international experience in Fund Management, Equity Research, Corporate Finance, Management Consultancy, and as a Telecom Engineer across Europe, Latin America and Asia. Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, DLJ, and Schroders Investment Management are some of the institutions he has worked for.

      Michele holds an MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, and an M-Eng in electronic engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy. He can speak Italian, English, Chinese as well as Spanish and some French.


    • Sarwar Kashmeri - Moderator
      Fellow, FPA

      Sarwar Kashmeri is an international relations specialist, author, and commentator, noted for his expertise on U.S. global strategy and national security. He speaks frequently before business, foreign policy and military audiences. 

      “China’s Grand Strategy: Weaving a New Silk Road to Global Primacy,” (Praeger), his third book, was published in July 2019. It is a centennial book of the Foreign Policy Association where Sarwar is a Fellow. The book was released at a  Washington D.C. launch on 7 November 2019 featuring Kashmeri and former U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel.

      He is also an Applied Research Fellow of the Peace and War Center of Norwich University, Vermont, USA. He served a four year term as a non-residential Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security of the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C.

      Kashmeri has hosted “China Focus,” a podcast series for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and has recently discussed China’s Belt and Road Initiative on television with Deutsche Welle, the German news network, and in a series of interviews with Xinhua, China’s global news agency.

      He is the author of the U.S. Army War College’s monograph, “NATO and the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy; Intersecting Trajectories” and is a frequent guest speaker at the United States Military Academy/West Point. Kashmeri has appeared in well known publications including New York Times InternationalThe Guardian, U.S. News and World Report, Xinhua, and Global Times. His TV appearances include CNN, Sky News, Euronews, CSPAN, and Fox.  Formerly the CEO of a New York based international technology company, Kashmeri has also served as a communications advisor for several Fortune 100 companies.

      He earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering, both from Saint Louis University


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