Don't miss: China expert to discuss U.S.-Chinese relations
under Obama

U-M's Kenneth Lieberthal, one of the world's foremost experts on China, will deliver the Stephen M. Ross School of Business' 42nd annual William K. McInally Memorial Lecture.

Lieberthal will speak on "U.S.-China Relations in the Obama Administration: Continuities and Changes" at 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Ross School's Blau Auditorium.

He is the William Davidson Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science, distinguished fellow and director for China at the William Davidson Institute, and a faculty associate at the Center for Chinese Studies. He currently is on leave as a visiting fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

His research focuses on the evolution of China's political economy, multinational corporate investment in China and India, foreign policy decision-making in China, U.S. foreign policy, Asian security issues and U.S.-China cooperation on energy and climate change.

During the Clinton administration, Lieberthal served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and was the National Security Council's senior director for Asia. He also was a consultant for the Department of State during the Carter and Reagan administrations and has consulted for the United Nations Association, among others.

Lieberthal has served on the boards of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of China, and has written and edited books and journal articles on China, including "Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform and Policy Making in China: Leaders, Structures and Processes."

The lecture series began in 1966 in memory of McInally, who served on the Board of Regents from 1960-64. Past speakers include Madeleine Albright, Andrew Young, Martha Seger, F. Lee Bailey and C.K. Prahalad.