Open to the public, the hour-and-a-half program includes a buffet lunch, followed by the lecture, and a question-and-answer session. Reservations are $16 per person.
A political science professor at Wittenberg since 1991 and currently the director of the East Asian Studies program, Yu has drawn increasing attention from the global policy-making community for his professional and academic activities, which bring the abstract world of academia closer to the real world. Last year, Yu deliberated for nearly three days and presented a paper to scholars from Europe, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan at the 20th annual conference of the Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS).
Yu's experience has made him a much sought-after expert for different media in both English and Chinese languages. Since the early 1990s, Yu has been a commentator for the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) on a wide range of issues, including world politics, economics and East Asian affairs. He was featured as an expert on the Korean War in a Canadian-French documentary, Korea: The Unfinished War in 2003. He is also a senior writer for Asia Times online.
Over the years, Yu has developed close ties with governmental and academic institutions in both the United States and China. He is one of the original members of the annual "Pacific Forum-Fudan (Shanghai) Dialogue," the only U.S.-China "unofficial" communication channel in 1999 when all other bilateral connections disconnected after the U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Serbia.
Since 1999, he has also been part of a small community of experts who work together to provide a quarterly analysis of East Asian foreign relations for the Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), one of the most prominent foreign policy think tanks in the United States. His analyses have appeared regularly in a CSIS e-journal called Comparative Connections. Since 2002, Yu has been senior fellow for the Shanghai Institute of American Studies, the first and only private think tank in China for U.S.-China relations.
Yu is currently working on two books, one in English that analyzes China-Russian relations, and one in Chinese exploring the effect of 9/11 on Western theories of international relations. He has already written or co-authored six books, and he has published more than 60 scholarly and policy articles in journals, including Strategic Review, Harvard International Review and World Politics.
For additional information and to make reservations, contact Linda Himes, events planner for advancement, at (937) 327-7432.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Robert Gantt
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