How should the West manage its increasingly complex relationships—economic, political, and diplomatic—with China? This is the central question that will be addressed in this timely discussion between leading American China-specialist David Shambaugh and former German ambassador to China Michael Schaefer, moderated by Eberhard Sandschneider, from the German Council on Foreign Relations. Shambaugh claims that America and Europe’s relations with China share commonalities that transatlantic partners should pursue in tandem, while in other areas they should compete. Taken together, is there a common set of priorities that Washington and the EU should pursue in common vis-à-vis Beijing? Do the US and EU have a “grand strategy” that guides their varied approaches to China? What are Beijing’s priorities in dealing with the US and Europe?
We live in a time of data. Around us, tools for creating, storing, communicating, and manipulating data grow ever more sophisticated and ubiquitous. Data flows constantly among our computers, handheld devices, cell phones, and an entire “internet of things” from refrigerators to burglar alarms. Yet, the cultural and intellectual frameworks that underlie our present data-saturated condition are old, and their histories illuminate important aspects of the present. In this lecture, Daniel Rosenberg explores the long history of data, stretching back to the seventeenth century, emphasizing its foundations in early modernity. By tracing the historical concept of “data,” Rosenberg examines implications of new data-driven approaches in the humanities, and argues that even our contemporary self-understanding is mediated by data-analytic techniques.
As chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mary Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rule-making agendas in the SEC’s history. Under her leadership, the agency executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors. President Obama remarked that the SEC became stronger and the financial system “safer and better able to serve the American people — thanks in large part to Mary’s hard work.” In this lecture, Ms. Schapiro, an Allianz Distinguished Visitor this fall, discusses with Andreas Kluth, Germany correspondent for the Economist, the current state of financial market regulation, shifting market structures, and developments in corporate governance, including the increasingly important role of advisory boards in the oversight of financial institutions and regulators’ expectations with regards to risk governance at large banks.
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