Here at our CUSEF blog, we share news, updates and stories about China and the United States. We provide more than a cursory glimpse of what’s going on between the two powers - here, we offer an in-depth look into their current state of affairs.

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What Our Alumni Say: Maia Goes to China
2020-08-19
Maia Hatchett, alumna of CUSEF 2019 delegation
Maia Hatchett, alumna of CUSEF 2019 delegation
An alumna of one of our 2019 delegations, Maia Hatchett spoke with internationally acclaimed journalist James Chau about her experience in China and the insights she gathered as she prepares to enter the professional world fresh off her graduation from American University. Read More
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CUSEF Opinion Tracker | Jul 29, 2020
2020-07-29
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Simon Tilford and Hans Kundnani wrote on Foreign Affairs “It is Time to Abandon Dollar Hegemony”. “There is another way the United States could lose its status as issuer of the world’s dominant reserve currency: it could voluntarily abandon dollar hegemony because the domestic economic and political costs have grown too high.” Click to read more. Read More
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Two Celebrations of American Independence: Juneteenth and Fourth of July
2020-07-28
Communities across the U.S. gather to commemorate the historic transition from British colonies to new nation. [Photo Credit: Sebastian Daily]
Communities across the U.S. gather to commemorate the historic transition from British colonies to new nation. [Photo Credit: Sebastian Daily]
The summer months in the U.S. are often marked by a variety of holidays and celebrations, with Memorial Day opening the cultural summer season and Labor Day closing it. 2020 in particular has shown two iconic American celebrations in a new light: Fourth of July and Juneteenth. As the U.S. closes a turbulent summer, many have opened their eyes to these simultaneous celebrations of independence for the first time. The increasing recognition of Juneteenth alongside the traditional commemoration of Fourth of July reflects these shifts and fittingly demonstrates the diversity which defines the United States. Read More
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What We’re Reading
CUSEF Spring Essay Competition Essay: "Multinational Cooperation to Improve Healthcare Supply Chain Resiliency in a Post-Pandemic Context"
2020-07-22
Lillian Claire Appling, one of our 2015 student delegates
Lillian Claire Appling, one of our 2015 student delegates
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated a strong need for international cooperation in many facets; intriguingly, while some have pushed back against maintaining interconnected supply chains, these linkages could be the key to a cohesive world response. Lillian Claire Appling who joined one of our 2015 student delegations offers her scholastic assessment of how cooperation between nations could actually support supply chain resiliency in a post-pandemic world. Read her full essay here. Read More
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Webinar: Current Challenges to US and China Educational Collaboration
2020-06-30
Sponsored by CUSEF, the webinar explores the challenges to U.S.-China educational collaboration and how to sustain and even advance the significant progress that has been made over the past 40 years.
Sponsored by CUSEF, the webinar explores the challenges to U.S.-China educational collaboration and how to sustain and even advance the significant progress that has been made over the past 40 years.
In these difficult times with public health concerns and growing challenges to trade, economic growth and global cooperation, the headwinds facing educational collaboration between the Heartland (and the U.S. as a whole) and China are no exception. This webinar, organized by the U.S Heartland China Association and sponsored by CUSEF, features experts and policy makers and explores the challenges to U.S.-China educational collaboration and how to sustain and even advance the significant progress that has been made over the past 40 years. Read More